Stokoe waits for Tueart and Porterfield

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MANAGER Bob Stokoe cannot hurry his team selection for Sunderland’s FA Cup (Third Round) replay against Notts County at Roker Park tomorrow night (7.30). He expects to be making late decision on the fitness of Saturday’s casualties, Ian Porterfield and Dennis Tueart, writes Argus.

“If there had been no mid-week game they would have been certainties for Saturday, but we have to wait and see whether they can make it for tomorrow night. I am hopeful,” said Mr Stokoe.

Commenting on the prospect of another hard game tomorrow night, Mr Stokoe said: “They have had their chance at home. Now we have ours and it is up to us to take it. Every Cup-tie is hard and League position does not always make too much difference. We must get his cup-tie cracked and get some enthusiasm going around the place. I’m please that we are able to put on this game for our supporters tomorrow night and I am hoping there will be a big gate.”

Notts County who have no injury worries, today named an unchanged side. Team: Brown; Brindley, Worthington; Masson, Needham, Stubbs; Nixon, Randall, Bradd, Mann, Carter. Sub: Bolton.

Manager Jimmy Sirrel was pleased with the performance on Saturday and said: “It was a hard game and we are expecting the same at Roker Park.” County have not yet decided when they will travel, but they are expected to start early tomorrow morning.

Tickets in demand

Only centre stand and clock stand seat tickets have been printed for tomorrow night’s replay and these were in brisk demand among season ticket holders both yesterday and today. If any remain after the close of business today they will go on sale to the general public tomorrow.

Holders of season tickets for the wing stand and upper enclosure were disappointed to find that there were no replay tickets available for them, but a club official explained that there were so few ticket holders in these sections that the printing of ticket was not justified. Arrangements have been made, however, to open special turnstiles for these people and every effort will be made to ensure that they are able to obtain their usual seats.

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on January 15 1973.