JOHNSTONE'S PAINT TROPHY

Meadow Lane, England

Referee: K Stroud | Attendance: 2082

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Notts County

  • Jordan Stewart 75'

1 - 4

FT

Sheffield United

  • Shaun Miller 24'
  • Harry Maguire 45' +2'
  • Shaun Miller 52'
  • Harry Maguire 54'

Jury out on Judge fitness

Notts County are likely to be without Alan Judge for their Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash with Sheffield United.

The midfielder was forced off with a dead leg during the Magpies' 4-0 thrashing of Carlisle at the weekend and is unlikely to be risked.

Manager Keith Curle is definitely without midfielder Joss Labadie (knee ligaments) and defensive duo Manny Smith (knee) and Tom Williams (calf).

Curle is unlikely to make too many changes to his side and expects both clubs to name strong sides.

``I said from day one that we will be competitive in every fixture we play in, whether that's Capital One Cup, Johnstone's Paint Trophy or FA Cup,'' he told Magpie Player.

``Both managers will treat it exactly the same, it's a competitive fixture with an opportunity of progressing. I don't think either team will play a weakened team.''

Chris Porter, Shaun Miller and Richard Cresswell are among those in contention for a place in Sheffield United's starting line-up.

Blades boss Danny Wilson, who has no new injury or suspension worries, has hinted at several changes for the tie, with defender Darryl Westlake, striker Jordan Chappell and midfielder David McAllister also hoping to feature.

Teenager George Long will continue in goal in the absence of Mark Howard (thigh), but central defender Neill Collins is not expected to return after missing the weekend draw with Oldham due to an infected toe.

Wilson is expected to rest strikers Nick Blackman and Dave Kitson, while another forward, John Cofie, could also be given a break after recently shaking off a groin injury.

The Blades are unbeaten in 13 games in all competitions this season.

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