COVENTRY CITY 2 CITY 2
League Cup 5th Round
18th December 1973
City Booth, Leman
City MacRae, Pardoe, Donachie, Doyle, Booth, Towers, Summerbee, Bell, Lee, Marsh, Leman
City got off to a flying start with an early goal from Tommy Booth. It came immediately after Coventry had seen their left back Jim Holmes sent off following a clash with Francis Lee. A goal up against 10 men – it seemed too good to be true. And so it proved.
City fell into a trap of their own making as, perhaps unconsciously, they tended to ease up against the handicapped home side. Inevitably, Coventry produced a dramatic equaliser to knock the stuffing out of a complacent City. The shocks did not end there, however.
Coventry even went ahead with little Brian Alderson again on the mark for his second goal of the game. As Coventry pulled on substitute defender Chris Cattlin for a backs-to-the-wall stand in the remaining minutes, all seemed lost for City. But again they got the break all teams need if they are to prove successful. Dennis Leman glanced in a clever back header that beat Bill Glazier for an equaliser.