Stokoe waits for Halom and Guthrie

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SUNDERLAND manager Mr Bob Stokoe has team problems and waits another 24 hours before naming his line-up against Bristol City at Roker Park tomorrow afternoon. But his problems spring from the fact that both Vic Halom and Ron Guthrie want to be in the side and Mr Stokoe wants the extra time to decide whether they are fit enough to do so.

Both had fitness tests in today’s training session and on the strength of what they were able to do they both stay in the reckoning. Halom, whose chances were virtually written off yesterday because of a painful toe injury, has made a remarkable recovery and was able to join in the sprinting today.

If by tomorrow he finds that he is able to strike a ball without discomfort he may well be able to hold his place in attack.

Guthrie, who injured a hamstring in helping to shape up the winning visit to Preston, is in full training and there will be a further check on his condition before it is decided whether he resumes the No. 3 position, which has been filled so capably by Joe Bolton in his absence.

The 14 from whom the final choice will be made is: Montgomery, Malone, Bolton, Guthrie, Horswill, Watson, Pitt, Young, Chambers, Kerr, Hughes, Halom, Porterfield and Tueart.

Bristol City, who were unlucky 1-9 winners over Sunderland at Ashton Gate in November after being outplayed for most of the game have hit peak form in recent weeks.

They followed up their resounding 3-1 win over Luton Town at Kenilworth Road last Saturday with a convincing home win by 3-0 over Aston Villa on Tuesday night.

They come on to Roker Park with the following unchanged side: Cashley, Sweeney, Drysdale, Emanuel, Rodgers, Merrick, Fear, Ritche, Gillies, Gow, Gould. Substitute, Tainton.

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on March 30 1973.