Four points out of four, seven goals for, not a goal against, is sufficient to satisfy any club during Easter, yet the most satisfying feature of this one-sided game was the proof that manager Bill Shankly has made two master moves.
Local boy Gerry Byrne, at right back, again proved himself as a scientific defender of the Cresswell type, and latest sensation Ian Callaghan, 17-year-old, has solved the outside-right problem.
Ian bore out all the promise he showed against Bristol Rovers. Apart from the solid defence of Peter Madden and Peter Perry and the occasional forward flash from Alan Kirkman and Eddie O'Hara, United had little to offer. They had only two shots at goal.
Roger Hunt cracked home a glorious right-foot shot from 20 yards in 35 minutes - his 18th goal of the season. Dave Hickson increased the lead in 65 minutes when Ironside lost the ball when challenged by Bobby Campbell.
Callaghan, beautifully served by the cultured Johnny Wheeler, created the final goal in 82 minutes. His centre was curling under the bar when Ironside and Hickson went up for it. It seemed that Ironside knocked the ball against Hickson and it rebounded into the net.
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