Saturday 4 April 1970 – The Clash of Relegation – Coventry Win to Stay, Stoke Almost Gone

It was still touch and go at the top with both Forest and Sunderland winning away. Forest maintain a one point advantage, but Sunderland have a game in hand. That challenge is away to Leeds, so the championship will probably run till the last day of the season.

Sunderland keep the hunt going with a strong away win at Manchester City. City lost after five straight win (9 matches without loss) that catapulted them up the table.

Arsenal had a good London derby win over West Ham – their fourth win in a row. Meanwhile West Ham have only had 1 win in 9.

After 3 consecutive win, Chelsea have now lost two in a row.

Derby beat Wolves for their first win in 4 games. Wolves are winless in 7.

Both Leeds and Crystal Palace had strong wins in preparation for the FA Cup Final next week.

Newcastle’s win over Manchester United means they’re back to wining ways, while Manchester haven’t now won in 4 games.

Division One

Coventry City   2

Stoke               0

This was a must win for both teams. A victory would guarantee survival in the First Division. A loss and it would be tender hooks. In the end it as the home team who kept their nerve and their shooting boots. With the win Coventry guaranteed survival, while Stoke are in a most unenviable position as they have fallen into the relegation zone. With a poor goal average Stoke are now favourites to join West Bromwich Albion in the Second Division next season.

Coventry’s Hunt charging forward.

A little flick and Joicey has the ball.

Hunt continued his run and got the ball back.

A slight twist to the right and Hunt is facing the Stoke goal.

Hunt makes it 1-0 and Coventry are closing in on survival.

Martin looking to pulsate a long ball forward.

He finds a speedy Carr being chased by two Stoke defenders.

No one can catch Carr and he makes it 2-0

Division One

WBA              0

Nott Forest     2

It took two penalties but that was enough for Forest as they converted both and continued to lead the Division.

Forest score the first of two penalties.





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