Everton 3 Manchester U 0

Bob Latchford

Ever­ton 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 0, Good­ison Park, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Nov­ember 21, 1978. Man­chester con­tin­ued their in­con­sist­ent form wi­th a 3-0 away loss ag­ainst Everton.

Man­chester Uni­ted shot stop­per Ga­ry Bai­ley en­dured a tough day be­tween the sticks as he got badly burned in his away bap­tism of fire ag­ainst Ever­ton. The Mer­sey­siders began the ga­me ag­gress­ively and grabbed them­selves an early lead thanks to a goal from Scot­land U21 in­ter­na­tion­al Tre­vor Ross af­ter a mere four min­utes of ac­tion at Good­ison Park. Spurred on by a 42,000 crowd, the ho­me si­de kept on ap­ply­ing pres­sure and ad­ded a sec­ond goal to their tally when Andy King, a bar­gain £35,000 buy from Sec­ond Di­vi­sion club Luton To­wn, sent an ef­fort bey­ond the reach of Bai­ley and in­to the net a couple of min­utes be­fore the ha­lf-time sig­nal. Fol­low­ing the in­ter­val, the men in blue shirts con­trolled most of the play in the sec­ond ha­lf of the con­test and ev­entually roun­ded off the scor­ing wi­th a trade­mark goal from Three Li­ons for­ward Bob Latch­ford in the 82nd min­ute. The res­ult saw Man­chester Uni­ted drop down to the eighth spot of the Fir­st Di­vi­sion wi­th 16 points gain­ed from 14 mat­ches, the same as sev­enth-pla­ced Man­chester City, but wi­th an in­feri­or goal dif­fer­ence. Ever­ton, for their part, re­mained in sec­ond place wi­th 22 points taken from 14 ga­mes, two points be­hind lead­ers and rivals Liver­pool. Ever­ton Te­am: Ge­orge Wood, Mi­ke Pejic, Billy Wright, Mick Ly­ons, Co­lin Todd, Mar­tin Dob­son, Andy King, Tre­vor Ross, Bob Latch­ford, Micky Wal­sh, Da­vid Tho­mas. Sub­sti­tute: Ge­off Nulty. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Ga­ry Bai­ley, Ar­thur Al­bis­ton, Stew­art Hou­s­ton, Mar­tin Bu­chan, Gor­don Mc­Queen, Bri­an Green­hoff, Ste­ve Cop­pell, Tom Sloan, Jim­my Green­hoff, Joe Jor­dan, Sam­my Mc­Ilroy. Sub­sti­tute: Lou Macari.

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