The majority of the 25,658 spectators must have wished they had stayed at home to watch "Wagon Train". Certainly they could not have got worse entertainment than was served up in this aimless exhibition by teams which, on this showing, have no chance of promotion.
It was as aimless as it was colourless, and even the Kopites were silent for long spells.
Liverpool were the better team, although they didn't shape like it in the first half.
Liverpool's forwards ran around like scalded cats, without understanding or method, but in 58 minutes, when the crowd for once began to participate, they went ahead rather luckily.
An error of judgement by Charlton's goalkeeper, Bill Duff, made the goal possible. He was penalised for carrying, and Jimmy Harrower, who was always thinking quicker than anyone else, slipped the ball to promising debutante Tommy Leishman, who chipped it over for Alan A'Court to head into the net.
This put Liverpool on their toes, and in 63 minutes they made sure of the bonus when Jimmy Harrower put Roger Hunt through to score with a cross-shot.
Liverpool had played 238 minutes of football without a goal before A'Court scored.
It was an undistinguished occasion for Dave Hickson, who, however, got into the news in the wrong way near the end. A linesman drew the attention of the referee to Hickson, and the referee administered a lecture, concluding with a warning point towards the dressing-room.
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