Competition: FA Cup Fifth Round.
Referee: N.C.H. Burtenshaw (Great
West Bromwich Albion had fallen from grace as their
Cup-Winning team had been slowly dismantled. United had already beaten them 2-0
Allan Clarkeís hot scoring form in the FA Cup continued as
he scored both Unitedís
goals as they won without too much trouble to reach the Quarter-Finals and
while they were still well in touch in the League they were starting to drop
ĎSnifferísí sharpness in front of goal enabled him to pounce on two goalkeeping errors by Peter Latchford to see United to a comfortable win. His ability to be in the right place at the right time was perfectly illustrated as he collected two goals in two minutes. He struck after twenty-eight minutes when he got up at the far post to head Peter Lorimerís right wing cross towards goal. Latchford failed to hang on to the ball and, as it dropped to the ground, the United striker showed his lightning reflexes to hook the ball into the net.
Clarke was soon on the goal scent again to punish another Latchford error. This time Peter Lorimer drove in a fierce shot from the angle of the penalty area, luckless Latchford got down to the ball but spilled it as he hit the ground and the predatory Clarke slotted it in from close range. He then went off for a few minutes but returned with a heavily bandaged leg, keen to ferret out his hat-trick goal, but good saves by Latchford prevented him, and Mick Jones, from increasing Unitedís lead in a one-sided match.
Apart from Clarkeís deadly finishing there was a bonus for
United in the shape of Eddie Gray, who marked his first outing in three months
after injury with some clever intricate dribbling on his favourite left wing.
Another comeback man was
Allan Clarke forces home Unitedís first goal
Allan Clarke scores his and Unitedís second goal††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Paul Madeley and Allan Clarke up for a header
Jack Charlton was still out, injured.††††† Billy Bremner
and Eddie Gray made welcome returns to the
West Brom could no longer count on John Osborne, Bobby Hope or Colin Suggett
But they still had Tony Brown, Asa Hartford, Jeff Astle,†
new signing Willie Johnston and Alan Merrick
As well as Alistair Robertson, Ray Wilson, Len Cantello and John Wile