ASTON VILLA 1 CITY 0
League Division 1
27th August 1975
Ref T Spencer
City Corrigan, Clements, Donachie, Doyle, Watson, Oakes, Hartford, Bell, Marsh, Power, Tueart – sub Leman(unused)
Villa Cumbes, Gidman, Aitken, Ross, Nicholl, Phillips, Graydon, Little, Leonard, Hamilton, Carrodus – sub Robson(used)
Paul Power making his full league debut ran his heart out and youngster Kenny Clements, also making his debut, deputising for the injured Geoff Hammond at right back, can also be pleased with his performance.
Throughout the first half it seemed Tony Book’s tactics were working as the back line kept Villa’s forwards in check. In particular Dave Watson was outstanding, winning every header and tackle he went for.
However just after the hour mark The Villa got the decisive goal, Mike Doyle was pulled up for a harsh handball decision and from the resultant free-kick, Leighton Phillips crossed for Keith Leonard to head home.
And so the away day hoodoo continues with Tony Book scratching his head as to how to approach the next away fixture.