JOHN Tones, used as substitute in four games this season, steps into the starting line-up for the first time in the Sunderland team to entertain Preston NE at Roker Park tomorrow afternoon. And with his change comes another little adjustment in team formation as Manager Bob Stokoe seeks to find the shade of improvement needed to bring greater reward for Sunderland’s work-rate.
Tones will wear the No. 6, but will line up in the back four along with Dick Malone, Dave Watson and Keith Coleman, while Ian Porterfield, though wearing the No. 10, will be operating in midfield, where he will be supported by Mick McGiven and Mick Horswill.
“I’m still experimenting,” said Mr Stokoe. “We will get a lot of goals from Billy Hughes, Dennis Tueart, Bobby Kerr and Ian Porterfield. That’s a very useful quartet indeed and we will get greater value from their work if we can tighten things up a little at the back.”
The line-up will be: Montgomery, Malone and Coleman, McGiven, Watson and Tones, Kerr, Horswill, Hughes, Porterfield and Tueart, Substitute, Chambers; Reserve, Lathan
Preston will choose from Kelly, McMahon, McNab, Spark, Connor, Bird, Hawkins, Spavin, Wilson, Tarbuck, McIlmoyle, Young, Bruce, Heppolette.
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on December 15 1972.