Tuesday 26 August 1969
Burnley 1 (O’Neil 74)
Leeds Utd 0
Burnley deservedly won tonight’s game 1-0, and for the first time this season Leeds deserved nothing from a match. The visitors lacked imagination and their well renowned aggression, as Burnley took the game to them with some fast paced attacking play that Leeds rarely handled or controlled well. Surprisingly considering how well they played, the win was Burnley’s first of the season, while it was already Leed’s third loss (fourth if you include the Charity Shield).
From the early moments it was Burnley who took the initiative and an early shot by Coates, in only the second minute, was just wide.
On the quarter hour mark came Leeds’ only serious chance of the first half. Giles calmly collected the ball a dozen yards outside the box and slid it to the feet of Gray just inside. Gray’s shot would’ve left Leeds in despair as it hit the post and ricocheted away. So annoyed were Leeds by their luck that it was Burnley who took over the match from then on.
Indeed if not for the deeds of Leeds keeper Sprake, Burnley would’ve entered the break with at least a one goal advantage. Three times Sprake had to dive acrobatically to stop was seemed like a certain goal. The most audacious of these was Coates’ who received the ball from a throw in. Coates looked up and shot from the touchline, only to look on in despair as Sprake punched it away for a corner.
In the second half Coates attempted another such audacious shot, and once again Sprake was up to the task of holding back the tide. But the prize wasn’t far away for Burnley. From the resultant corner it was O’Neil, on the edge of the box, who received the ball and volleyed it past a despairing Sprake and into the net.
Leeds attempted a small comeback near the end of the game but with their crooked feet and Mellor’s safe hands there was truly only going to be one result.
Burnley should be pleased with the good football they displayed and the rewarding of the two points, but Don Revie must be feeling worried about the ever increasing gap between Leeds and the disappearing pack at the top of the ladder.
Burnley: Mellor, Angus, Latcham, O’Neil, Merrington, Todd, Thomas, Coates, Casper, Dobson, Kindon.
Leeds: Sprake, Reaney, Cooper, Bremner, Charlton, Hunter, Madeley, Clarke,Jones, Giles, Gray.
Meanwhile in other games tonight, Everton comfortably beat a very disappointing Sheffield Wednesday 3-0, while Forest, losing 1-2 at one stage, scored the winner in a 3-2 thriller in the 90th minute against WBA.