Competition: First Division.
Newcomer Derek Parlane
became an instant hit with
Injury-hit United had gone into the game with centre-half Keith Parkinson at left-back. Paul Madeley returned after injury to the centre of defence in place of the injured Neil Firm and Kevin Hird was switched from left-back to right-back because of the absence through injury of skipper Trevor Cherry. The captaincy was passed on for the day to Paul Hart, who happened to be making his one hundredth appearance for United since his signing from Blackpool almost two years ago to the day, and then went on to play the key role in the defeat of the Saints.
Hart, who a week previously had earned high praise from a great goal-scorer of the past, Jimmy Greaves, for his display at Tottenham, scored the all important opening goal when he headed in off the shoulder of England centre-half Dave Watson after twenty-six minutes. Eddie Gray had provided the cross from the left and when the Scottish midfielder repeated the effort eleven minutes later, Hart was there to challenge again and this time provide the opening for Derek Parlane to crack in the second goal albeit at the second attempt, after he had miscued with a hurried first effort.
“We were second best to Hart and it cost us the points,” said Saints boss Lawrie McMenemy. The YEP were promoting a “Get behind United” campaign at the time and McMenemy quipped, “We joined the campaign to encourage United by giving them two goals and entertained the public so, from a Leeds point of view you can’t ask for more than that,”
United’s win was their first at home in more than two months and they put plenty of effort into their work, though they were not convincing winners and it was not difficult to understand McMenemy’s disappointment at his side’s failure to take even a share of the spoils from what was an entertaining and interesting contest. His side had played some forceful and admirable soccer and United were hard pressed to hold out at times. The result might have been different had the Saints been able to finish off some good approach play. On two occasions when the ball did end up in John Lukic’s goal, Referee Derek Webb brought sighs of relief from United fans by disallowing both. The first a header from Mike Channon after eight minutes, looked good but the referee said he ruled it out for a push on Hart. In the closing stages when Phil Boyer hammered the ball in from the narrowest of angles it was disallowed for offside against Channon. Adamson agreed that his side had been fortunate to come through with a win. “Luck was on our side for a change but with all our injuries we deserved it,” he said.
Match Action: (Photos courtesy of Mark Ledgard)
Paul Hart climbs high to beat Dave Watson and score
United’s first goal
Inset: Brian Greenhoff.
Back Row: Byron Stevenson, Neil Firm, Paul Hart, John Lukic, Paul Madeley, Derek Parlane.
Middle Row: Dave Merrington (Assistant Manager), Syd Farrimond (Coach), Terry Connor,
Alex Sabella, Eddie Gray, Martin Dickinson, Alan Curtis, Peter Hampton, Jimmy Adamson (Manager).
Front Row: Arthur Graham, Brian Flynn, Jeff Chandler, Trevor Cherry, Carl Harris, Kevin Hird
Paul Hart got United’s
Derek Parlane got
Jeff Chandler got a rare start Paul Madeley returned to replace the injured Neil Firm Centre-half Keith Parkinson had to play left-back
Kevin Hird switched to right-back for the injured Trevor Cherry Ray Hankin was another absent injured
Eddie Gray’s accurate crosses gave Dave Watson and his defence problems Mike Channon and Phil Boyer both had ‘goals’ disallowed