Saturday 14 February 1970 – Forest Edge Closer as Sunderland Blink

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Nottingham Forest gave their supporters the best Valentine’s present of the day: hope. As they dominated and easily beat Ipswich, Sunderland blinked and could only manage a weak goaless draw with struggling Coventry.

Burnley also has an easy afternoon, disposing of Derby with conviction . This was their fifth win on the trot, and they have the second best home record in the league. This was also the third time in 4 games that they have scored 4 goals. Burnley are on a supreme purple patch of form, and they are a delight to watch. Meanwhile that was Derby’s third away loss in a row, all those losses the higher placed teams. Perhaps Derby have reached their peak this season.

Chelsea’s exciting 2-2 draw with Liverpool meant they have gone 14 games without a win, slowly edging closer to relegation.

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West Ham traveled to Newcastle and it all looked lost at 3-1 to the home side. However, the London side turned it all around in the second half and came away with an excellent 4-3 win to enjoy on the train home.

Sheffield Wednesday came away from Hillsborough withe a scoreless draw with Manchester City. It was only the second time in the season they have remained scoreless at home.

Spurs continue to do well after their Christmas crash, easily overcoming are listless Leeds.

At the bottom, WBA gained their first point in 6 games, while for Southampton, their opponents, it was their first point in 4 games.

Stoke’s home draw with Wolves meant they have not won at home for 6 games, while Wolves have not won any of their last 5 away games.

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Coventry    0

Sunderland  0

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Almost Champions elect Sunderland have found it hard going recently and they lacked the sharpness on Saturday that has kept them dominating Division One this season. They have given lots of hope to Forest in the last month. Will Sunderland stumble?

Sunderland's Tueart facing a Coventry defence.

Sunderland’s Tueart facing a Coventry defence.

Tueart now surrounded by a Coventry gang of defenders.

Tueart now surrounded by a Coventry gang of defenders.

Tueart loses the ball and Coventry take it away to safety.  It was that kind of afternoon for Sunderland.

Tueart loses the ball and Coventry take it away to safety.
It was that kind of afternoon for Sunderland.

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Nottingham Forest    4

Ipswich Town               1

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It was an easy afternoon for Forest, their win never in danger. The news of Sunderland’s draw must’ve given them hope that perhaps they could hit the top of division one.

Ingram scores the fourth goal for Forest.

Ingram scores the fourth goal for Forest.

 

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WBA          1

Southampton   1

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WBA are struggling this season for points. Astle’s goal gave them hope in the first half, only for Southampton to spoil the party and snatch a drawer.

Suggett steams towards goal.

Suggett steams towards goal.

Suggett is unlucky, his shot hits the post and rockets out.

Suggett is unlucky, his shot hits the post and rockets out.

Never fear, Astle, who is better than Pele, is on it.

Never fear, Astle, who is better than Pele, is on it.

WBA are 1-0 up. They would not will both points this afternoon though.

WBA are 1-0 up. They would not will both points this afternoon though.

 

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