Argus Talking Sport: Sunderland aim for a tougher approach

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THERE will be only one change in personnel in the Sunderland side to take on Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Saturday, but there are significant changes within the team from which Manager Bob Stokoe will be looking for improvement upon the good all-round effort against Burnley.

John Lathan, injured in last night’s North Midlands League game and receiving treatment today, drops out and, as expected, Mick McGiven steps straight back to first team duty after completing a three-match suspension.

“With McGiven coming back, we can make a little adjustment in all three departments and see if it will stiffen up the team game a little,” he said.

McGiven will go into the back four, Mick Horswill into midfield, and Bobby Kerr will operate at the front along with Billy Hughes and Dennis Tueart.

Adding Horswill’s challenge to the constructive play of Ian Porterfield and Brian Chambers in midfield could well step up the output from this section.

Thirteen players will make the trip and there will be a late choice of substitute between John Tones and Bobby Park, who comes back into first team contention for the firs time since he went out of action with a broken leg in the first game of last season against Birmingham City. He has had 11 league and cup games with the Reserves since starting his come-back on October 4.

Team: Montgomery, Malone and Coleman, McGiven, Watson and Porterfield, Kerr, Horswill, Hughes, Chambers and Tueart, Substitutes, Tones or Park.

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on December 7 1972.