Huddersfield Town fans will be fascinated to hear the first name on the teamsheet against Chesterfield tonight.
Former manager Mark Robins had said he would play new goalkeeper signing from Coventry City, Joe Murphy, between the sticks in the Capital One Cup first-round tie at the Proact Stadium.
But Robins has parted company since the 4-0 opening home Championship defeat against AFC Bournemouth – when Alex Smithies played in goal – and Academy boss Mark Lillis is now at the helm as caretaker manager, assisted by Steve Thompson and Steve Eyre.
Supporters will be eager to find out just who takes the field against Paul Cook’s League I side – striker James Vaughan has not featured so far as he tries to shake off a calf injury which has meant he hasn’t played in pre-season – and also what formation they play.
Lillis, a massive favourite at Town and respected throughout the game for his honesty and professionalism, will have made it clear to the squad that everyone starts with a clean slate, and he will certainly have the side as well prepared as possible for the Chesterfield match, which is followed by tough league trips to Cardiff City and Reading.
Robins played 3-5-2 against Bournemouth and that shape has been a fixture throughout pre-season, with his bench consisting of Murphy, Sean Scannell, Jon Stead, Murray Wallace, Joe Lolley and Tommy Smith alongside latest arrival Conor Coady.
All those players will be aiming to push for inclusion in the starting line-up tonight, when Lillis starts his third spell in caretaker charge.