CITY 4 COVENTRY CITY 2
League Cup 5th Round Replay
16th January 1974
City Summerbee, Lee(2 inc 1 pen), Law
Coventry Alderson 2
City MacRae, Barrett, Donachie, Doyle, Booth, Towers, Summerbee, Bell, Lee, Law, Marsh – sub Leman(unused)
Coventry Glazier, Coop, Holmes, McGuire, Craven, Dougdale, Cartright, Alderson, Stein, Carr, Hutchison – sub ???
In the replay at Maine Road, torrential rain left the pitch a sea of mud. Yet the abysmal conditions only added to the enjoyment of a match that was not only the best of this season’s League Cup, but also regarded as one of the classiest ever staged in the entire history of the competition.
City did everything but score as they pounded away at Coventry for half an hour. Then as so often happens, the side being punished springboard from defence to snatch the lead. Once more it was the dynamic little Alderson who was on the mark with a shot that surprised Keith MacRae, bounding off the arms of the City goalkeeper and rolling agonisingly into the net.
Shortly before half time Glazier made a superb save from Bell, an incident that left City fans wondering if their side would ever score. It was Summerbee who gave them an emphatic answer with an equaliser with just over an hour gone.
Within three minutes, however, Alderson had struck again, swooping on to a Bell mistake, to beat three defenders before scoring a delightful goal. It seemed all over. But such was City’s character and determination on the day that they clawed their way back with a Lee equaliser then snatched the lead by courtesy of a penalty, obligingly hammered home by Lee – his seventh of the competition this season. Law set the seal on an amazing fightback shortly before the end to make City the red hot cup favourites.