Sheffield Wednesday v Manchester City 1967/68

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League Division 1

2nd December 1967

attendance 38,207

Wednesday Fantham

Ref Jack Taylor

City Mulhearn, Book, Pardoe, Doyle, Heslop, Oakes, Lee, Bell, Summerbee, Young, Coleman – sub Bowles(unused)

Wednesday Springett, Smith, Megson, Mobley, Ellis, Young, Whitham, Fantham, Ritchie, McCalliog, Eustace


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Manchester City failed by the proverbial cat’s whisker to be the  first team to defeat Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough  since Nottingham Forest were there on March 25. The result  was a draw 1-1, and Wednesday  now have had a home run of 18  Football League and League Cup games without being beaten.
Saturday’s match was breathing  its last when City carelessIy lost  possession of the ball in Wednesday’s penalty area. Gerry Young posted it to the far end where  Oakes and Heslop faltered for the  only time. Fantham did all that  was required of him with a fine  shot from 15 yards, and if he did first bring the ball under control  with a hand. City offered no apparent protests. After all, a share of  the spoils at Hillsborough was no negligible reward.
City nevertheless deserved same  sort of punishment or frustration,  and to say so ls not to he cruel.  They were the better team: and  possessed of superior ldeas. Yet they were as compassionate as they had been a week earlier when they  demoralised Burnley for an hour  at a stretch. On Saturday they  varied the medicine by issuing the  doses at irregular intervals. Twice  at least Wednesday were allowed  to dispense medicine of their own.  And by the look on City’s faces  it  tasted horrible.
All of which is by way of being  quiet hint to City not to relax,  especially these days when the  quality of their play ls winning  respect and admiration everywhere. An early injury to Summerbee who spent most of the second half on the right wing, might have slowed down one of the fastest. fittest attacks in the land. but it  was the occasional mental not  physical deceleration that caused  the misgivings.
City nevertheless are going  places. It is gratifying to hear  the almost awed comments of rival  supporters when the City attack  sweeps into combined action,  Neil Young and Coleman dld most of the unsettling on Saturday and when the defence covers and  tackles with an attitude almost of  pity. Heslop. Doyle, and Oakes  were outstanding against Wednesday, and Mulhearri made sorne extremely plucky saves when City  were on the receiving end.

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Wednesday, albeit with City’s  connivance, deserved credit for their counter attacks although only  Whitham. a comparative newcomer, approached consistency among  their forwards. Ritchie scorned  some easy chances of‘ scoring,  McCalliog and Fantham impressed  in rmdlleld and nowhere else, and  Eustace‘s function defied understanding. Someone said that he  was a linkman but so strong and  misdirected were most of his passes that they would have been of value only if his colleagues had  been playing in a field half a mile up the road. Eustace is far too  talented a player to be wasted in a job he may understand but  evidently does not enjoy.
Wednesdays defenders, having  survived some early salvoes, won  considerable distinction. Only  Oakes equalled Mobley‘s output,  Gerry Young throve on frustration, Megson looked what he is, a  most accomplished performer and  captain, and Springett’s save from  Lee in the first half was the highlight of hls admirable display. All  told, a highly satisfying game  marred only by the morons on the  popular side who have caught the  top half of the foot-and-mouth  disease.
City’s  goal arrived in the forty sixth minute. Oakes to Nell Young,  Young to Oakes, who darted into  the Wednesday penalty area, by- passed two defenders, and then  with his left foot drove the ball  magnificently Into the roof of the  net Wednesday’s supporters joined  generously ln the applause the like of which City, bless ‘em, should  hear many more tlmes in the months ahead.

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