Sunderland aim to make it a winning visit

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HUDDERSFIELD Town will be without their leading scorer, David Smith, who has four goals to his credit, when they turn out against Sunderland at Leeds Road tomorrow afternoon. The ankle injury which he aggravated against Swindon in midweek has not responded to treatment and today Manager Ian Greaves ruled him out of the reckoning.

His place at centre forward will probably be taken by former Middlesbrough striker Jimmy Lawson, but Mr Greaves is not expected to commit himself until shortly before the start. He has named the 12 players who will be on call for the game and will defer a decision on substitute.

Goalkeeper Gary Pierce returns after recovering from a shoulder injury and former West Bromich Albion and Welsh international Dick Krzywicki is likely to have his first full match since August 26.

Although Huddersfield are level on points with Sunderland, having played one game more, and are popularly rated to be among the promotion contenders, this is a transition period for them and they have yet to prove that problems in defence and attack have seen solved.

Since their losing battle against relegation last season they have parted company with Trevor Cherry, Ray Ellam and Frank Worthington and have recruited the services of Manchester United’s Alan Gowling and Sheffield Wednesday’s Graham Pugh.

Gowling for Worthington in attack and Pugh for Cherry in midfield could well prove to be changes for the better, but confirmation is still awaited that David Lyon can hold the middle as capably as Ray Ellam used to do.

Lyon, signed from Bradford City, for whom he did not make a single League appearance, was called upon only twice by Town last season. Now he is in at the deep end and under pressure to prove himself.

His vital statistics are impressive. He is 6ft 3½ and 14st 7lb, which is warning in itself for Dave Watson, and he will have the backing of 12st 13lb Dennis Clarke and 12st 7lb Geoff Hutt to complete a physical rearguard.

But bulk may not serve Huddersfield any better than it did Millwall a fortnight ago, when the lively support which Watson received from Dennis Tueart, John Lathan, Bobby Kerr and Billy Hughes created a lot of space in front of goal. Huddersfield could well find themselves facing the same kind of problems.

Faced with the need to make up the point which they dropped at home against Sheffield Wednesday last week, Sunderland’s target must be another away win. And the attacking play with which they will seek to achieve it promises to provide first-class entertainment for their travelling supporters.

The line-up will be: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN: Pierce, Clarke and Hutt, Pugh, Lyon and Nicholson, Krzywicki, Fairclough, Gowling, Lawson, Dolan and Chapman.

SUNDERLAND: Montgomery, Malone and Coleman, Horswill, Ashurst and Porterfield, McGiven, Kerr, Watson, Lathan, and Tueart. Substitute, Hughes.

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on September 22 1972.