Wednesday, November 21 – 1973
Match: League Cup, 3rd Round, at Roker Park, kick off: 14:00.
Sunderland – Liverpool 0-2 (0-1).
The Liverpool Eleven: Clemence, Lawler, Lindsay, P.Thompson, Lloyd, Hughes, Keegan, Cormack, Heigway, Toshack, Callaghan.
The Liverpool goals: 1-0 Keegan (12 min.), 2-0 Toshack (47 min.).
The vast Roker Park crowd – more than 36,000 of them – filled almost mournfully away at the final whistle. They had seen Liverpool absorb all the punishment Sunderland could offer to clinch a fourth-round League Cup tie at Hull. And they had seen Kevin Keegan and John Toshack score goals so simply that they wondered why Sunderland couldn’t copy them.
Even luck deserted Sunderland in the final stages when a shot from Bobby Kerr struck the underside of the bar and was cleared off the line by Alec Lindsay.
But Sunderland lacked finishing power and from the moment Keegan collected a pass from Phil Thompson and shot past Jimmy Montgomery there was little doubt about the outcome.
John Toshack sealed it two minutes into the second-half with a centre which floated over the line.
Liverpool had some nasty moments, particularly when Ray Clemence dropped Ian Porterfield’s cross and Emlyn Hughes cleared from under the bar.
But Keegan’s goal gave Liverpool all the security they needed. Toshack’s was an unexpected bonus. It was all something of an anti climax after Sunderland’s famous Cup deeds.
(Daily Mirror, 22-11-1973)