Coventry 1 Manchester U 1
Coventry City 1 Manchester United 1, Highfield Road, English Football League First Division, February 7, 1976. A crowd of close to 34,000 spectators watched lowly-placed Coventry City draw 1-1 with title contenders Manchester United in an entertaining and hard-fought match at Highfield Road.
Manchester United came into this encounter on the back of a 3-1 triumph over Birmingham City at Old Trafford, whereas Coventry City had suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of reigning champions Derby County at Baseball Ground. In the reverse fixture at Old Trafford on the 27th of August, Tommy Docherty´s talented side had been held to an unexpected 1-1 draw by Coventry and Gordon Milne´s men were not to be taken lightly. Manchester United, who were topping the First Division table, went all-out attack from the beginning, but Coventry goalkeeper Jim Blyth, formerly with Preston North End, made a string of excellent saves to frustrate the visiting team. Then, in the 38th minute of the clash, City´s Jim Brogan was forced to leave the field injured and the experienced left full-back was replaced by young midfielder Les Cartwright. And a mere two minutes later, Cartwright netted the opener with a thunderous 20-yard strike which rocketed past Alex Stepney in the United goal. Following the half-time break, Manchester United worked hard to level the score and Lou Macari managed to equalise for the visitors in the 79th minute of action when the offensive oriented midfield playmaker headed home a well-executed corner-kick from ex-Millwall and Chicago Sting flank forward Gordon Hill. Both sides did their utmost to find a winner, but the game at Highfield Road finished in a 1-1 draw. After dropping an important point against Coventry, Manchester United were now second level on points with leaders Liverpool. The Midlanders, for their part, moved up to 16th position in the standings, seven points above the relegation zone. Coventry City Team: Jim Blyth, Mick Coop, Jim Brogan, John Craven, Alan Dugdale, Jim Holmes, Barry Powell, Alan Green, David Cross, Donal Murphy, Tommy Hutchison. Substitute: Les Cartwright. Manchester United Team: Alex Stepney, Alex Forsyth, Stewart Houston, Gerry Daly, Brian Greenhoff, Martin Buchan; Steve Coppell, Sammy McIlroy, Stuart Pearson, Lou Macari, Gordon Hill. Substitute: David McCreery.
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Coventry City and Manchester United played out a 1-1 draw at Highfield Road on the 27th of January 1973. Jim Holton, who had just arrived from Third Division club Shrewsbury Town for a fee of £80,000, handed United the lead on 34 minutes, only for Brian Alderson to equalise for The Sky Blues a minute later.