CHRIS LUCKETTI plans to use a little insider knowledge to help Town turn the formbook upside down in tomorrow’s big Carling Cup clash with Sheffield United.
The club captain aims to lead a quick recovery after Saturday’s 3-1 home setback against MK Dons.
While Town were slipping to second-bottom of League I, Lucketti’s old club United were climbing to fifth in the Championship thanks to a 3-1 win at Blackpool.
That will make them favourites to win the second-round derby at the Galpharm, but Lucketti is confident his side can repeat their 2-1 pre-season friendly win over the Blades.
And he’ll be tapping up former teammate Chris Morgan for some information about the club where he spent more than two years before starting his second spell with Town.
“I obviously know a lot of the players there very well, and I’ll be ringing Morgs tonight to see what I can prise out of him about Kevin Blackwell’s selection plans,” said Lucketti.
Only four of the players who figured in United’s 3-1 first-round win over Port Vale started at Blackpool on Saturday when Morgan missed out because of concussion suffered in a previous match.
“It’s always hard to second-guess what kind of sides will be put out in the Carling Cup, but I’ll try my best to get some details,” added Lucketti.
“Whoever plays, we’re likely to have a tough test, because there’s a strong squad at Bramall Lane these days.
“But we’ve got something to prove after Saturday and we know we can play an awful lot better.
“This is a great kind of game to be going into, because they will bring a lot of fans and there’ll be a great atmosphere.
“A good performance will put us back on track as we prepare to go to Millwall on Saturday.”
Town manager Stan Ternent is forced to make at least two changes to the side which began against MK.
New midfield signing Ian Craney is cup-tied after playing for Accrington Stanley in their 3-2 first round defeat by Wolves at Molineux.
And on loan striker Liam Dickinson doesn’t have permission from his club Derby County to take part.
Dominic Green, the 19-year-old left winger being linked with Town, would also be cup-tied, having played for Dagenham and Redbridge in their 2-1 home first-round defeat by Reading.