Jason Beardsley has been almost an ever-present in the starting line-up since his arrival on loan from Derby County in the summer.
Dropping to the bench was one of last year's most consistent performers and stand-in captain, Adam Tann.
Against Port Vale, Ian McParland threw Tann back into the team at the expense of Beardsley, who found himself twiddling his thumbs on the substitutes' bench.
Most were expecting an unchanged team after Notts had claimed their first win of the season against Aldershot Town the week before.
Whether it was County's poor defending of back post deliveries in recent games, or a tactical decision to strengthen the side defensively, by sacrificing an element of attacking threat down the right, is unknown.
Both players have demonstrated that they are worthy of a starting position so far, but who should be given the nod?
Notts County Mad's latest survey asks: 'Who do you think should be Notts' first choice right-back?'
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Voting will cease on evening of Saturday, October 11.