Preston North End boss Alan Irvine is all too aware of the threat posed by Saturday's opposition Barnsley ahead of the tie at Deepdale.
The Scot, exactly a year into his reign in charge of the Lilywhites, spoke of how the clash with the Yorkshire side is not just a potential 'banana skin'.

He said: "In the form guide, Barnsley are actually third in the Championship, only behind Wolves and Reading."

The Tykes have taken 13 points from a possible 18 and will be looking to build on a solid run of results ahead of the trip to Lancashire.

Irvine added: "Barnsley actually have the same amount of points from the last six games as Reading.

"They're going very well but I dont think people recognise that because of where they are in the table.

"They're in very good form and in its own right, it's a very tough game for us. They're a good side, playing some good football."
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