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Just three days after Mark Robins' departure as HTFC manager it's Mark Lillis who takes temporary charge as Town prepare to take on Chesterfield in the first round of the Capital One Cup.

Following the dismal display on Saturday in a crushing 4-0 defeat at the hands of Bournemouth Lillis has called for the players to "put a shift in" and it is unclear whether we'll see us stick to the previously favoured 3-5-2 or if the change in management will also bring in a change of system.

What we can expect though is a change in personnel. In the continued absence of Anthony Gerrard it is likely Tommy Smith and Murray Wallace will be in contention for a start at the back. New midfielder Conar Coady could be pushing for his first start whilst youngsters Philip Billing and Duane Holmes will be hoping to feature in an aim to impress academy manager Lillis.

Likely line-up

It is so hard to say with the change in management. Will he go for the first team regulars to try and get some confidence into them and give them a chance to prove themselves, or will it be wholesome changes to shake things up a bit? I'm not sure if our team suits the 3-5-2 at the moment, especially with Gerrard not in the middle of the defence, so personally I'd like to see a more 4-2-3-1 formation with Ward pushing in from the left to support Wells and Majewski backing up through the centre.


Prediction

Lillis should get a bit of fight back into the team and you'd certainly expect a reaction following the events of the weekend. However, Chesterfield are riding high at the moment and this will not be an easy task no matter which Town team decides to show up at the Proact Stadium. Hopefully we'll have enough in us to edge the battle though.

Chesterfield 1 - 2 Town


By Johnny Hildred

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