David Weir, the Sheffield United manager, plans to keep opponents guessing this season after refusing to set his tactical blueprint in stone.
And Weir warned it would be a mistake to interpret too much into United’s team selection.
“There aren’t going to be too many surprises about how we play,” Weir said. “Not regarding the general principles anyway.
“Everyone has seen it during pre-season. We all watch each other and see what is going on.
“But it’s also important to have the ability to be able to change things if necessary and adapt to certain situations.
“Otherwise, you become a little bit predictable and one dimensional which isn’t something I want us to be.
“There has to be some flexibility with regards to what we will do.”
Weir acknowledged choosing between goalkeepers Mark Howard and George Long had been a difficult choice ahead of the meeting with County.
Likewise, deciding whether Chris Porter or Lyle Taylor would start up front.
But he said: “What I have told the lads is that the team which begins the season is unlikely to be the one that finishes it.
“I want this to be all about the squad. Not just 11 players.”