Date: Saturday, 6th February 1971.
Venue: Elland Road, Leeds.
United 0 Liverpool 1.
United: Nil. Liverpool: Hunter (o.g.).
Leeds United: Sprake;
Reaney, Cooper; Bates, Madeley,
Hunter; Lorimer, Clarke, Jones, Giles, Galvin (Yorath).
Lawler, Yeats; Smith, Lloyd, Hughes; Boersma
(Callaghan), McLaughlin, Heighway, Toshack, Hall.
Referee: C.Thomas (Rhondda, Glamorgan).
Leeds went into this vital match without
two of their strong men, Billy Bremner and Jack Charlton,
who were injured. It meant that they had to put the versatile Paul Madeley at centre-half, and the player, who had shone in
midfield in replacement for Billy Bremner in the last
few games, was restricted to the role of stopper. United were also still
without Eddie Gray, for whom the versatile Paul Madeley
had played for most of the season and Chris Galvin was called upon to fill the
Liverpool too had their injury worries with
big Ron Yeats filling in at left-back for the injured Alec Lindsay, but
otherwise they were at full strength and fresh from a victory over Arsenal at Anfield the previous game and looking to claim the scalp of
the other runaway leader.
48,000 flocked to Elland Road to witness the clash of the fierce
rivals and there was an air of expectancy at the kick-off. Within five minutes Liverpool had scored. It wasn’t a great goal,
but it still counted, and it meant that Leeds were set to forfeit
two vital points, almost before they started. Gary Sprake
mishandled the ball, the Leeds
defence got itself into a terrible tangle, and the
tall John Toshack was on hand to punish such laxness.
Leeds contributed as least as much to the
goal as did Liverpool, for even when John Toshack collected the loose ball and fired for goal, his
shot did not enter the net until it rebounded from the unfortunate Norman
Once they were ahead, Liverpool showed that they were in no mood to
surrender their lead. They defended strongly as Leeds powered their way forward time and
again, but the United attacks foundered upon the
back-four barrier of Chris Lawler, Tommy Smith, Larry Lloyd and Ron Yeats. In
the end they had to resort to shooting from distance but few reached the target
area. The longer the game went the more Leeds threw caution to the wind as they desperately
needed at least a point from the game. This left them open to swift counter
attacks and Phil Boersma, Steve Heighway
and John Toshack were past masters at that. Steve Heighway twice went close on the break. One of his efforts
hit the woodwork and, almost on time, he managed to beat Gary Sprake, only to see Terry Yorath,
who was on as substitute for Chris Galvin, come to United’s
rescue and clear the ball from the line. So the game ended 1-0 to Liverpool and United had lost two vital points
in their two-horse race with Arsenal.
Paul Madeley ‘scores’ but it was disallowed for an
infringement by Allan Clarke.
Alec Lindsay was injured and
Ron Yeats filled in at left-back
United were without Captain Billy Bremner, central defensive
mainstay Jack Charlton and long term-injured Eddie Gray
United replacements were midfielder Mick Bates for Billy Bremner, Terry Yorath
on the bench as Paul Madeley covered for Jack Charlton and Chris Galvin took on the left-wing
duties in the absence of Eddie Gray
Phil Boersma, Brian Hall and Steve Heighway were fast on the break and caused United problems