There is no desire to detract from the real merit of Liverpool’s win at Tottenham when it is pointed out that it was accomplished by old-fashioned methods. Perhaps it would be better to say by sound, honest-to-goodness football. And I liked it immensely.
In the early part of the game I was afraid that Liverpool’s South African right wing, Nieuwenhuys and Hodgson, were going to have an unpleasant time. Nieuwenhuys was certainly not in the running before the interval. It is difficult to be transplanted from the hard, sun-baked grounds of South Africa to rain-sodden turf and be able to judge the pace of the ball.
So nearly all the passes that were meant for him skidded past him, and he gave the general impression of being slow off the mark. But eventually, by sticking to the out-of-date (in this country) methods of fast touchline runs and accurate centres from the corner-flag, Nieuwenhuys (nicknamed Nivvy) had the ‘Spurs’ defence guessing. They expected him to cut in, and waited for him.
Twenty yards of green turf separated him from the nearest defender, when twice, with time standing still, he lobbed the ball into the centre and saw Hanson, and then English, put it past Nicholls.
Previously – in the first half – Hanson had given English a similar sort of pass, and the entre forward not too neatly headed and shouldered it into the Tottenham net.
Perhaps the Liverpool management will decide that Nieuwenhuys will gradually become accustomed to English wing forward play – modern style. Maybe they will let him work out his own salvation. It is a pretty problem: meanwhile, defence will be puzzled because they will be confronted by a new – yet – very old – style of play.
Wright was the Machiavelli of the Liverpool attack. He did everything he could to expose weaknesses in the Tottenham defence and he succeeded very well.
But I rather fancy the ‘Spurs’ forwards were equally to blame for this defeat. They crowded together in the middle of the field; Hunt and W. Evans and O’Callaghan and Hall – and sometimes McCormick – ran in and out and played musical chairs in the Liverpool penalty area, and got nowhere.
Then in desperation they shot very hard from long range and made the cool and calculating Riley (another South African) look a super-goalkeeper.
The two entre halves did yeoman work, and McDougall, of Liverpool, was as good as anyone else on the field. The truth is that Tottenham lost some of their speed on the wet ground and had nothing to replace it. But they will.
Copyright - Daily Mail, 25-09-1933 - Transcribed by Kjell Hanssen