Competition: First Division.
Referee: C. Thomas (Treorchy).
Brian Clough had signed Duncan McKenzie from
Armfield found his preparations
for the Spurs game severely hampered by a packed treatment room. Goalkeeper
David Harvey was ruled out with rib and shoulder injuries suffered in the
previous game against
It was the quicksilver penalty area activities of the mercurial Duncan McKenzie that set United on the road to victory. He was so quick that Spurs defender Terry Naylor twice shrugged in amazement as McKenzie beat him with superb skill. Twenty minutes of the game had gone when striker Allan Clarke, called upon in United’s injury crisis to play a midfield role, stepped back to allow McKenzie to strike. Controlling the ball with his back to goal, McKenzie turned swiftly to fire a left foot shot into the net. Pat Jennings, the keeper Billy Bremner rated as the best in the country at the time, got a touch on the ball but was unable to prevent it going in.
Duncan McKenzie continued to trouble the Spurs defence but it wasn’t until two minutes into the second half that United put their superiority onto the scoresheet. The goal came from the penalty spot after Martin Chivers had pushed down Gordon McQueen. It was a chance duly converted by Peter Lorimer, who had been recalled to the side after being rested for three games by Armfield. “I left him out because he was in need of a rest and a sharpening up spell and I thought his performance against Spurs was easily his best since I arrived at the club,” Armfield said. Certainly the Scottish hot-shot looked fit and fought tigerishly for the ball and generally looked a more dangerous player.
Although John Duncan, recently signed from
Jimmy Armfield took Leeds on a good run in which Duncan McKenzie played a big part and scored against Spurs
David Stewart was in goal after David Harvey was unfit Johnny Giles had a knee injury
Mick Bates had flu Terry Cooper had Achilles tendon problems John O’Hare missed the game
Paul Madeley, Paul Reaney and Terry Yorath all had injuries but were forced to play
Allan Clarke played in midfield Martin Chivers fouled Gordon McQueen for a penalty Peter Lorimer scored from the spot
Billy Bremner rated Pat Jennings the best keeper in the land