Porterfield, Tueart pass fitness tests, but line-up delayed

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SUNDERLAND aim to carry on where they left off on Saturday in tonight’s F.A. Cup (Third Round) replay against Notts County at Roker Park, and though Manager Bob Stokoe will not be naming his starting line-up until the statutory half-hour before the game is due to begin, he has the welcome assurance that both Ian Porterfield and Dennis Tueart will be available.

Porterfield (groin) and Tueart (thigh) have both been undergoing intensive treatment since their return from Saturday’s 1–1 draw at Meadow Lane. Their chances of playing were still in the balance yesterday, but after a work-out with their team-mates at Roker Park this morning, the all-clear was given on both of them.

The big question still to be solved is what use Mr Stokoe will make of the all-round talent of former Notts County player Dave Watson scorer of the vital goal which earned Sunderland tonight’s replay. The Sunderland manager has given no hint of how he intends to proceed and has committed himself no further than a pool of 13 players from whom final choice will be made.

It is perhaps significant that there is variation in the order in which players are named in the official announcement, but everyone will have to wait for the answer.

Notts County have already elected to field an unchanged side and the line-up will be:

Sunderland from Montgomery, Malone, Bolton, Horswill, Tones, McGiven, Ashurst, Watson, Kerr, Hughes, Porterfield, Tueart and Lathan.

Notts County: Brown, Brindley, Worthington, Masson, Needham, Stubbs, Nixon, Randall, Bradd, Mann and Carter. Substitute, Bolton I, reserve Scanlon.

In charge of the game will be Mr J Rice of Preston, who controlled the first game at Meadow Lane.

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on January 16 1973.