SUNDERLAND’a hopes of winning back lost ground in their uphill battle against promotion-chasing Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road tomorrow afternoon took a further blow today with the news that both Dave Watson and Billy Hughes will have to miss the game.
Watson, who has a virus infection, is receiving treatment from his own doctor. He gave Manager Alan Brown the bad news this morning. On arrival at the Washington New Town training ground, Mr Brown found that Hughes also had to be ruled out with a boil in the groin.
Hughes has been receiving injections throughout the week and there seemed a chance that the discomfort would have disappeared in time for him to make the trip. But it was evident this morning that he had no chance of playing.
There was a further scare last night, when Dennis Tueart reported a sore throat with some uncertainty on how it might develop. He was much improved today and there is now a good chance that he will be able to hold his place.
The vacancy in attack will be filled by Jimmy Hamilton, who took over from Watson when he had to miss the opening game of the season at Middlesbrough, while Mick McGiven, who has been nursing a shin injury and only recently returned to full training, will replace Hughes.
Jackie Ashurst and Keith Coleman are candidates for the role of substitute and 17-year-old reserve and youth team winger Chris Kent has been added to the party to cover a possible deterioration in Tueart’s condition.
The revised line-up is: Montgomery, Malone, Bolton, Horswill, Pitt, Porterfield, McGiven, Kerr, Hamilton, Lathan, Tueart. Substitute, Ashurst or Coleman; reserve Kent.
Roker Fans are becoming impatient
SUNDERLAND supporters who look around and see how neighbouring clubs have been able to improve their prospects and attraction by buying are becoming impatient for the Roker club to bridge a two-year gap by adding to their strength.
Argus discusses the case for an injection of power and experience to supplement the supply of top-class, home-developed talent in tomorrow night’s Echo Sports Edition.
Also featured in tomorrow’s Sports Edition will be former World Cup player Keith Newton now with Second Division leaders Burnley. Newton tells why he believes Burnley will achieve promotion this season and who he expects their main rivals will be.
Johnny Giles in his column this week discusses the chances of Scotland qualifying for the World Cup Finals in Munich for the first time since 1958 and also says that if the Football League programme was cut, then the fans would soon be packing the terraces again.
In addition, the Echo Sports Edition will contain its usual comprehensive round-up of all the national and local sport that matters. Make sure of your copy now by placing an order with your newsagent.
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on October 20 1972.