SUNDERLAND will be playing their fourth successive home League game at Roker Park tomorrow afternoon when they take on Portsmouth looking for two points which could put them mathematically clear of the relegation situation. And once again Manager Bob Stokoe will be relying upon his full F.A. Cup side to produce the final heave.
The only change from the party which was on duty against Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night is the choice of substitute. This time it falls upon David Young, who is now available again after completing a two-match suspension.
The line-up shows three changes from the side which gave Mr Stokoe his first winning challenge.... against Portsmouth at Fratton Park on December 9. It was a cliff-hanger, too, for Sunderland were trailing 1–2 with only three minutes to go, when Billy Hughes and Bobby Kerr stepped in with match-winning goals.
Tomorrow’s line-up will be: Montgomery, Malone, Guthrie, Horswill, Watson, Pitt, Kerr, Hughes, Halom, Porterfield, Tueart. Substitute, Young.
Portsmouth joined in the cheers over Sunderland’s 3–0 hammering of Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night, because it offered welcome assistance to them in their battle to keep out of trouble.
It could not have come at a better time for Manager Ron Tindall, whose already limited resources have been further reduced by a string of injuries to key players.
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on April 13 1973.