League Cup Final – Observer 8 March 1974 p.24 – Arthur Hopcraft
Manchester City 2
WBA 1 aet
Manchester City, fluent winners of the FA Cup last year and the Championship in 1968, took the League Cup with less elan, but with an orderly, vigorous coherence.
They recovered from the calamity of a goalkeeping error which put them a goal behind soon after the start and gradually played themselves into something approaching the exciting form that made them so good to watch two years ago when they won the Championship.
Above all, they had in Lee a forward of brave resource, a resplendent speed and a relish for using his gifts. It was his enterprise, particularly in the early stages when the rest of the side were struggling to find their assurance, that was the extra quality Albion could not match.
League Cup Final – Eric Todd – The Guardian Monday 9 March p.22
FA Challenge Cup, Football League Cup, FA Charity Shield. You name it, Manchester City have got it. On Saturday in the League Cup Final at Wembley, City with that old world courtesy which is not the least of their endearing qualities gave West Bromwich Albion a goal start, and then beat them 2-1 in extra time. In doing so they produced an exhibition of determination, skill and stamina which banished into oblivion their various sins of omission since December.