All-clear on fitness as Sunderland start tough sequence

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SUNDERLAND launch themselves into one of their toughest sequences of the season on Saturday, when they are due to meet Brighton at Goldstone Road in the first of five games which include only one appearance at Roker Park.

After this game comes Monday’s visit to Blackpool and following their home game against Swindon on Saturday week they will visit Stoke City (League Cup) and Millwall.

Manager Alan Brown’s good news today is that he will have on call all the players who helped to earn last week’s victory over Orient at Roker Park. On the first check after the bruising battle the prospects of this being the case did not appear to bright, but Dave Watson, Richie Pitt, and Joe Bolton are in full training after recovering from the effect of kicks and Mick McGiven’s groin straining has cleared up too.

The team will be:

Montgomery, Malone and Bolton, Horswill, Pitt and Peterfield, McGiven, Kerr, Watson, Lathan, and Tueart.

Substitute, Hamilton. Reserve: Tones.

Brighton, who are finding the going heavy on their return to the Second Division, found Blackpool in commanding form last week and crashed to a 6–2 defeat. They had a full strength side on duty and will be hoping to put on a brighter show before their own crowd.

An attack which includes former Preston N.E. and Burnley striker, Willie Irvine, and one-time Burnley forward Kit Napier should carry enough power to pose problems to the Sunderland defence.

Their probable line-up is:

Powney, Templeman and Spearitt, Murray, Gall and Goodwin, Napier, Beamish, Irvine, Bromley and Sullivan.

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on August 24 1972.