SUNDERLAND attracted their biggest home gate of the season for Aston Villa’s visit a fortnight ago and they will be looking for another big turn-out at Roker Park tomorrow afternoon, when Hull City, who have played winning football on each of their three league visits, will be making another strong challenge.
The performance against Villa won fresh admirers, who could be joined by a return flow of stay-away supporters keen to see in action the new style defence, with Dave Watson’s delayed switch to centre half on show to the Roker Park crowd for the first time.
Caretaker-manager Billy Elliott had every reason to be pleased with Watson’s attempt to pick up the threats after an absence from the position of over two years. And he will be looking for Watson to bring authority to the defensive pattern tomorrow afternoon.
It will surprise no one that Mr Elliott has decided to rely upon the formation in which Sunderland made their fighting come-back against Carlisle United at Brunton Park last week. The surge started after John Lathan had taken over as substitute for Jimmy Hamilton at centre forward and he will hold the position in the starting line-up tomorrow.
Seven-goal Lathan is Sunderland’s leading scorer.
The substitute spot goes to John Tones who gave an excellent account of himself in a midfield role against Mansfield Town Reserves on Wednesday night. Tones is, of course, an all purpose substitute for he can cover both defence and midfield and his extra height and strength could be of value in attack if it should be deemed advisable to use him there.
Team: Montgomery; Malone and Coleman; Horswill, Watson, and Porterfield; Kerr, Hughes, Lathan, Chamber and Tueart. Substitute, Tones.
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on November 17 1972.