TONIGHT will give Chesterfield’s management team an inkling as to how Notts County will play when they host the Spireites on Saturday.
County surprisingly sacked Martin Allen after their 3-0 defeat at Hartlepool on Saturday and then appointed ex-Blades man Keith Curle as boss.
Tonight the Magpies take on weekend cup heroes Stevenage in a League One game at Meadow Lane so Chesterfield will have an extra close eye on any style changes the new man implements.
Curle, who had been assisting Neil Warnock at QPR, was last a manager in 2007. He was sacked after just 15 games at Torquay United, nine of them lost.
Prior to that, less than a year at Chester City and two years at Mansfield Town feature on his CV.
Spireites boss John Sheridan will be hoping right back James Hurst (ankle) responds to treatment and David Davis recovers from a bout of flu from which he has been suffering since his excellent performance against the Owls.
Jamie Lowry could be considered for the right-back spot if Hurst does not recover and Jimmy Juan (calf) could be in the running for a return to midfield if Davis is ruled out.
Left-back Gregor Robertson is unlikely to be risked after picking up a hamstring injury on Saturday.
That means Liam Ridehalgh will continue in his favoured left-back slot, with Dean Morgan and ex-Magpie Craig Westcarr battling it out for a starting slot.
Chesterfield won 3-1 at Meadow Lane in the first game of their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy run.