Saturday 21 March 1970- Sunderland and Forest Still Fighting It Out

There remains a 2 point gap between Sunderland and Nottingham Forest at the top of the First Division as both sides had comfortable away wins. Forest have now won 14 in a row.

Tottenham also had a comfortable win at home, while West Ham haven’t won in 5 games. On the other hand Manchester City have picked up some sparkling form, no losses in the last 5.

Burnley have won 3 in a row to be only 1 point behind Manchester United in fourth.

WBA have been officially relegated.  They have managed only 1 win in the last 24 games and have conceded 105 goals.

At the bottom of the table, Coventry have lost 3 in a row, Stoke have lost after two previous wins and Ipswich smashed at home by Sunderland.

Chelsea had a good win over Manchester United at home, their first win in 4 league games, while it was United’s first loss after 6 straight wins.

Division One

Derby County       1

Crystal Palace      0

Crystal Palace might still be suffering from a hangover from becoming a finalist in next month’s FA cup, as they returned from a sleepwalking match at the Baseball Ground with no points to their name. Derby County dominated the match and deservedly went ahead just before half time. Crystal Palace didn’t react at all in the second half and only awoke from their slumber a minute before full time when Jackson was put through with only Derby’s keeper to beat. But Green was equal to the task as he fortuitously tapped the shot onto the bar and safety.

Carlin heading forward for Derby as the half time break nears.

Carlin finds Hinton on the edge of the box.

Hinton lays it off for Hector.

Hector makes no mistake and Derby hit the lead against Palace. It would turn out to be the winning goal.

Division One

Liverpool       0

Everton         1

The duo giant clubs from the city of Liverpool have had a poor season by their standards. With the season entering the endgame, the two teams are nowhere near the trophies nor the European spots. They have nothing but local pride now, and this time it went to Everton who traveled to Anfield and came away with a dour 1-0 win.

Ball bustling forward looking for an outlet.

Ball slides it through to Royle.

Royle makes space for himself as he aims for goal.

Royle beats Clemence and gives Everton the lead and the eventual win.

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