Chelsea 2 Manchester U 2
Chelsea 2 Manchester United 2, Stamford Bridge, English Football League First Division, February 11, 1978. Manchester United equalised twice to salvage a 2-2 draw against Chelsea. Clive Walker and Ray Wilkins hit the goals for The Blues, whereas Sammy McIlroy and Gordon Hill notched for United.
Manchester United had been beaten 1-0 by Chelsea in the reverse game at their Old Trafford ground in September and Dave Sexton´s boys were hungry for revenge. Watched by a crowd of 32,000 onlookers at Stamford Bridge, The Pensioners got themselves in front when Clive Walker steered a low effort well beyond the reach of Manchester United shot stopper Paddy Roche and into the bottom left-corner of the net in the 19th minute of the contest. The Chelsea rearguard, led by Micky Droy, defended resolutely for the remainder of the first period and the blue shirted players headed into the half-time break with a narrow, but deserved, 1-0 lead. Manchester United began the second period the better and drew level thanks to midfield dynamo Sammy Mcilroy who took full advantage of a blunder in the home defence to score from close range in the 52th minute of proceedings, but the hosts went ahead again through a ferocious shot from Ray Wilkins just two minutes later. Manchester United refused to be defeated, though, and the away team equalised for a second time when ex-Millwall winger Gordon Hill cooly beat former England goalkeeper Peter Bonetti from the penalty spot in the last minute of the clash. The 2-2 draw meant that Manchester United remained 11th in the top-flight table, while Chelsea dropped down to 15th place. Chelsea Team: Peter Bonetti, Gary Locke, Ron Harris, Kenny Swain, Mickey Droy, Steve Wicks, Ian Britton, Ray Wilkins, Steve Finnieston, Tommy Langley, Clive Walker. Substitutes: None. Manchester United Team: Paddy Roche, Arthur Albiston, Stewart Houston, Jimmy Nicholl, Brian Greenhoff, Sammy McIlroy, Steve Coppell, Joe Jordan, Stuart Pearson, Lou Macari, Gordon Hill. Substitutes: None.