Date: Saturday, 5th February 1972.
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool.
Cup Fourth Round.
0 Leeds United 0
Nil. Leeds United: Nil.
56,598 (Receipts £23,923).
Clemence; Lawler, Lindsay; Smith, Lloyd,
Hughes; Keegan, Ross, Heighway, Toshack,
Leeds United: Sprake;
Reaney, Cooper; Bremner, Madeley, Hunter; Lorimer, Clarke,
Jones, Giles, Bates.
Referee: G. W.
The Fourth Round draw had not been kind to Leeds
as the last team they would like to have been pitted against was Liverpool,
especially in front of their vociferous fans at Anfield.
It did not help when their lynch-pin, Jack Charlton, was ruled out of the match
being a flu victim. Eddie Gray was not available either, having suffered an
ankle injury the previous Saturday in the defeat at Tottenham Hotspur. So Paul Reaney returned at right-back, Paul Madeley
switched to central defence and Mick Bates filled in on the left wing. Liverpool
had no such problems and were at full strength.
Games between the two clubs were the highlight of the season
for many people as both sides produced quality football with traditionally
little between them. A huge crowd was on hand to witness the tussle. It was the
biggest at Anfield for almost ten years, well over
56,000. The ‘Match of the Day’ cameras were also there and the much anticipated
clash got off to a surprise start with Peter Lorimer
trying to catch Ray Clemence off guard with a shot
from the half-way line. The ploy did not work, and the ball was soon up the
other end with Norman Hunter having to be alert to cut off John Toshack, who had been put through by Kevin Keegan. Liverpool
had all the early pressure, with Paul Madeley
blocking a shot from Steve Heighway and Gary Sprake cutting off a dangerous cross from Alec Lindsay.
Paul Reaney was first into the referee’s notebook
after upending Steve Heighway just outside the box.
Paul Madeley, standing in for Jack Charlton, and his
defensive partner Norman Hunter were magnificent in the first twenty-five
minutes when Liverpool attacked incessantly. Even when
the Reds did manage a shot on goal they found Gary Sprake
at the top of his form.
The first clear-cut chance fell to Liverpool.
After twenty minutes Mick Bates’ attempted clearance went straight to Chris
Lawler, who headed the ball to John Toshack, who was
free in the penalty area. He rounded Gary Sprake and
pulled the ball back across the face of the goal, where Steve Highway totally
miss-hit his shot from eight yards with only Paul Reaney
between him and a gaping empty net. It
was the one and only time that a shaft of daylight had appeared between the two
teams and with that glaring miss went Liverpool’s chance
of success at the first attempt. United retaliated with Allan Clarke and Mick
Jones both going near before United had their best chance to go in front just
before half-time. Johnny Giles and Billy Bremner
played in Peter Lorimer and his cross shot was
smothered by Ray Clemence as Bremner
waited for the scraps and so the teams were goalless at the break.
United’s attacking options were
limited as Liverpool’s Ian Ross kept a tight hold on Johnny Giles in midfield
and the game looked set for a replay long before the end. Liverpool
dominated the second half and Leeds were
under incessant pressure. Terry Cooper had to be on top form to stifle a run by
Kevin Keegan and then was on hand to block a shot from Steve Heighway. Leeds were
lucky that a clear chance fell to Larry Lloyd and not one of the strikers and
he needed too much time and United were able to close him down. Near the end
Mick Jones collided with a wall and United were down to ten fit men as heavy
rain fell and the pressure continued.
Norman Hunter and Paul Madeley
were outstanding, while Gary Sprake made several fine
stops, including one unbelievable save from a Larry Lloyd header. Leeds
survived to the final whistle and were delighted with
the final result and knew they were now in charge of the tie.
Allan Clarke stands over the injured Billy Bremner
Mick Jones is surrounded by Liverpool defenders Ian Ross, Tommy Smith and
Allan Clarke could not take advantage of a good
Peter Lorimer gets a shot in but was off target Mick Jones climbs higher than Tommy Smith
and Larry Lloyd
Ray Clemence and Gary
Sprake, two top keepers