Aston Villa v Manchester City 1975 to 76

ASTON VILLA 1 CITY 0

League Division 1

27th August 1975

attendance 35,212

Scorer Leonard(65)

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)

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In an effort to stop City’s away day blues, Tony Book put a block on City’s usual gung ho! attacking play, and went all out defensive, with the thinking that if Villa don’t score, The Blues have enough firepower to nick one at the other end.
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.

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