LEE CLARK says Town’s unbeaten run is breeding confidence – but not complacency.
His second-placed side aim to make it four League I wins in a row and 39 unbeaten against Preston at the Galpharm this afternoon.
And the boss was quick to play down suggestions that those statistics bring their own kind of pressure.
"The real pressure comes when you aren’t winning games," said Clark. "To have a run like ours means you can be confident without being complacent.
"We have to make sure the players are aware of other teams being desperate to be the one who beat us, but if we do out jobs properly, we will give ourselves a great chance of continuing our run."
Preston cross the Pennines having slipped to seventh after three straight defeats but Clark warned: "They are a danger.
"I watched them against Sheffield United in midweek and I thought that with the ball, they were excellent and created lots of problems for their opponents.
"And in (striker) Iain Hume, they have one of the best players in the division. He’s a quality operator who is probably operating below his level, but has stayed loyal to Preston.
"They could also have (eight-goal top scorer) Neil Mellor back after injury and he will be a big threat to us, so it’s vital we do the right things when we don’t have the ball.
"If we can do that, I firmly believe we will cause them problems when we do have it.
"We’ve been playing well of late, not always in terms of the football, but because we’ve shown we can win matches in different ways.
"And keeping a clean sheet last week was a boost, because when we do that, our attacking options mean we will always have a good chance of gaining victories."