A nice comfortable Preston victory inside 90 minutes this evening is the perfect scenario as far as Glynn Snodin is concerned.
Simon Grayson’s No.2 will be taking his regular seat in the stand as North End take on Notts County at Meadow Lane in the northern area semi-final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
Snodin is hoping he can relax and watch a convincing PNE victory, although there is every chance he could be perched on the edge of his seat for a dreaded penalty shootout.
If the scores are level after 90 minutes, the match will immediately be decided by spot-kicks.
And Snodin admits he does not think he can go through another evening like the previous round at Oldham when North End prevailed 10-9 on penalties after the match had ended all square at 2-2.
On that occasion, goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann was the hero for Preston as he confidently struck the winning penalty.
However, Snodin would prefer to see his men secure their place in the area final of the competition without the need for the lottery of a penalty shootout.
“I want it over and done with in 90 minutes,” Snodin said.
“Those penalties are not nice because then it falls on one player and you don’t want that.
“I was still in the stands for the penalty shootout.
“The manager has his superstitions and his rituals, so I stayed up there. But it was a fantastic night and God bless Stucki, he went up there and stuck the winner away.”
Snodin admits he enjoys taking a seat in the stand rather than a position in the technical area and is able to spot things which Grayson may not be able to see at ground level.
“I am in contact with John Dreyer during the games,” Snodin said. “He has the earpiece on and he will then go and speak to the gaffer.
“How much I speak to John all depends on the game.
“Even when we might be winning, I might see some things which the gaffer might need to cast his eye over.
“I’ve got used to it and I love being up there with the earpiece on.
“I think it does keep you calm because when you’re down pitchside in the mix of it, you can lose your head a little bit.
“But when you are up there, you can see the bigger picture and it does keep you a bit calmer.”
Snodin revealed left-back David Buchanan is likely to miss tonight’s game with a tight hamstring.
The former Tranmere Rovers star pulled out of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with MK Dons at Deepdale with the injury and was replaced by Scott Laird, who is likely to keep his place in the line-up.
“David’s not ready just yet but he’s been out there running and he’s looking stronger,” Snodin said.
“But Scott came in and he wants a place in the team, like they all do.
“The players want to get back in and keep that shirt.
“It’s Scott’s now to keep and it’s up to David to fight back and get back in.”