Lee Frecklington knows all about Play-off heartache - and then when his club won one, he missed out through injury!
Rotherham United’s Player of the Year is a key figure as they look to pull off back-to-back promotions which would emulate the achievement of Ronnie Moore’s side of 2001.
But the midfielder - who has scored 12 goals this season - was involved in FIVE successive Play-off bids when he was at Lincoln City and all were unsuccessful.
“It was a great achievement for us to get into the play-offs five years on the bounce and great because we were a small club at Lincoln but, unfortunately, we never managed to succeed,” he said.
“We were eliminated three times in the semi-finals of the League Two play-offs and twice beaten in the final, by Bournemouth and Southend.
“Then, when I was at Peterborough we beat Huddersfield in the League One Final in 2011 but I was out injured and didn’t play.
“They are certainly great games to play in. But they can be nervy occasions. The team that relaxes the most and forgets about the pressure, is normally the one who goes through.”
He acknowledges that Preston represent a difficult hurdle.
“They are a tough team,” he says. “They’ve got a good manager and some very good players.
“We know how difficult it is going to be but we’ve got a lot of faith and confidence in our own ability. We’ve played them twice already and had two draws and we will go there believing that we can win.
“I don’t think those two league games will have much bearing on these two games at all. It’s a one off tie over two legs and anything can happen. We are confident we can go through.”
The 28-year-old says being away or at home first didn’t bother him.
“We’ve done well away all season, 14 away wins, and that helps your confidence at a time like this. But we need to be in it come the second leg and it’ll be nice having home advantage and a full-house at the New York Stadium.
“Last year the pressure was on. This year, people have been a little surprised by what we have achieved but we knew in our camp we could do well. We have a great opportunity now.”