Liverpool are still maintaining the good form they commenced the season with, and their dual victory of the “Heathens” confirm the impressions arrived at by the public who showed their appreciation of the team by turning out in large numbers.
It now seems as though grim earnestness has taken a hold upon the team. Those who witnessed the game at Anfield against Small Heath on Saturday must admit that it was the dogged determination, combine with splendid condition and undoubted skill, which carried them on to victory. The same mode of procedure was followed on Wednesday when playing the “Heathens” of Manchester. There the home team commenced at a hot pace, hoping to wear out their visitors early on, but Newton Heath was the team to give in, their visitors being quite fresh when the game was over.
David Henderson’s presence increased the effectiveness of the forward rank, while the defence was even more sound than ever, Duncan McLean and Joe McQue playing in high form. The good things expressed, after the above match, for once in a way, came about, and the victory over Small Heath from Birmingham was a most popular one. Up to the time when Liverpool scored their third goal the game had been well contested, and full of pretty and exciting episodes which delight the crowd, but after that point there was but one team in it, and with the chances made better use of Liverpool should have had a heavier score.
William McOwen had but a few shots to deal with, and the one that scored, he was in no way responsible for. One of the Liverpool forwards should have lay out from the packs when the corner was being taken, and not have allowed the attacking half-backs to an open and unmolested field of action. Andrew Hannah and McLean were as safe as ever, while the “Three Macs,” otherwise the three “halves” of Liverpool gave a splendid exposition of half-back play, James McBride, if anything, being the most prominent.
The whole of the forwards were clever, untiring, and a great success as regards improved combination, and with great attention to following up will constitute themselves as redoubtable as that other part of the team, the defence. David Henderson gained many admirers, and it is certainly that he will even do better when he becomes accustomed to his supports. James Stott was the hero of the match. He is one of those useful big men who can easily put a different complexion upon a game of Saturday’s description by those Rugby-like rushes at most unexpected times. The last goal Stott obtained was a real gem, and he was unfortunate in not getting in with a similar one just afterwards. Patrick Gordon, Malcolm McVean, and Hugh McQueen all worked hard and assiduously to gain victory.
Small heath are not quite so big or heavy as their victors, but what they may be short of in that respect they made up in nimbleness, cleverness, and a superabundance of energy, which made up a good deal of their success last year. Caesar Jenkyns, at centre half, was very noticeable, while the backs and goalkeeper displayed ability with marked success.
Copyright - Liverpool Mercury, 25-09-1893 - Transcribed by Kjell Hanssen