In a thrill-packed game, the best seen at the Baseball Ground this season, Derby lived up to their name of being an unlucky side.
The result bore out manager Harry Storer's words when he said before the game: "Everything is there. Beautiful football but the ball doesn't roll for us yet."
So it seemed when Derby stormed into the picture at the kick-off. Their smooth, quick football brought the forwards down the field and there were some real scrambles and desperate clearances in the Liverpool goal.
Then came the moment all Derby was waiting for. Rudham, Liverpool's goalkeeper, found one from centre-forward Hannigan too hot to hold and Thompson scored at 21 minutes.
Constantly Derby played the ball into the Liverpool goal area. Corner after corner came to Derby - but no further goals. Then came a breakdown of this tight-knit team.
For the first time Liverpool got into the game - to grab all the good things that came with it. Faulty marking allowed Liverpool's inside-right Melia to carry off the ball. His quick pass to Alan A'Court brought disaster to Derby. He beat three men before firing in an unstoppable shot after 30 minutes.
Derby were still happy, content and confident during the second half - for 10 minutes. But Liverpool gained a tight grip on the game, and Hunt hit the winner.
Liverpool proved the stronger team at the finish, but Derby should not be disheartened, for they play the kind of football that will always win support.
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