Spirit of Youth Prevails.
Barton's Goals in Dashing Raid.
How Anfield Team Upset Everton.
Youth was given its chance at Anfield on Saturday, and it fully justified itself by making this “Derby” game one of the best, if not the best, of a long series. Eleven goals in a Merseyside Derby? And seven of them for Liverpool. I have never seen a more thrilling game. When Liverpool announced their team one immediately thought that Everton's experience and the big occasion, would master the youthful Liverpool side, but the Anfielders are noted for their contrariness. I saw this young forward line take a point from Bolton at Burnden Park seven days previously, and while I liked the way they played I little thought that they would prove equal to beating the more experienced Everton. However, these young men demonstrated that the big occasion was not upsetting to them. They most likely forgot the nature of the match, and had one thought in their minds, and that was to beat Everton.
How came this big victory to Liverpool? Seven goals against an Everton defence needs some explanation. The Liverpool forwards answered it very plainly –speed. It was nonstop football that was the day after Everton had suggested a comfortable win, for it is only a truth to tell that for fifteen minutes Everton played as if they would win, and win fairly easily. Their machine like movements had Liverpool throttled down in their own half, and when Dean scored in eight minutes, one could not help but visulise an Everton triumph. It requires an early goal, especially against foremen who were riding easily, but Liverpool had suffered this experience at Bolton and overcome it, so why not here? Considering the opportunities that Everton had during their fifteen minutes of superiority-the only occasion they were on top-they should have snapped up more goals, but they were allowed to slip by through slowness on the ball or hesitation with their shooting. Liverpool showed them how to take chances. they tried with the half chance, and when Barton's speed got the Everton defence in a tangle and out of position he scored a goal by gliding the ball over Sagar's head. That goal was the starting off point of Liverpool's goal ramp for shortly afterwards Hanson scored a simple looking goal after good work by Roberts. Hanson may have been offside. Did Sagar think so? There was something troubling the goalkeeper's mind, for he did not move an inch to save, yet he was only a yard off the ball when it sped into the net.
Fitful Everton Defence .
Liverpool were on top. They dictated the game ever after. The Everton defence became fitful. It feared the pace of the Liverpool attack, which swept through, and found openings to goal in a manner that one began to wonder if the Everton defence was quite so good as it had been made out to be. Liverpool saw that the one way to beat Cresswell and Cook was speed. Straight forward methods brought about a general breakdown in the Everton defence. a third goal was scored by Morrison. A free kick touched Cresswell in its flight and turned the ball away from Sagar.
With the score standing Liverpool 3, Everton 1, and the interval two minutes ahead, Liverpool were in high glee. Then came a great goal. A run by Geldard, in which he twice beat Jackson, reminded me of the days of Meredith. He worked down the touch line in the style of the old master, and centred squarely. There men could have taken the chance. Johnson accepted it. Off we went again. A goal separated the two teams. The Liverpool attack was still rampant, the Everton defence still unable to cope with the pace of the game, and another goal to Taylor after Cresswell had made a gallant effort to keep the ball out put Liverpool in an almost unbeatable position. Barton scored again, and let me tell you he was not offside when the pass was made. He jumped into his stride, and when Sagar came out to meet him he neatly slipped the ball past the goalkeeper. A goal came to Dean at seventy-five minutes the Everton captain nodding a Stein corner kick beyond Scott. Liverpool, however, were not going to let the game slip from their grasp, and to make sure of victory Barton came along with a seventh goal five minutes from the end, while two minutes later Stein scored a fourth for Everton. Thus ended the most thrilling contest seen between Everton and Liverpool. Admitting that speed and opportunism had carried the day for the Anfielders, there were times when they produced high-class football; quite the best round of passing was credited to their left wing. Hanson, Roberts, and McPherson and it just failed to culminate in a goal. Wright was, to my mind, the key man of the forwards, but I do not forget the delightful work of Roberts. He flicked the ball, glided it; in fact, did what he liked with it. Britton found this wing a hot one, and he had a poor game as compared with his display against the Arsenal. Barton was ever ready to thrust his way through the centre. He led his line well and shot hard. Liverpool's forward line was excellent throughout, but while giving them praise, I must not overlook the great work of Morrison, Bradshaw, and McPherson. Bradshaw mis-kicked to give Dean his first goal, but after that was usually master of his opponents. His constructional work in the first half was sound, and McPherson and Morrison gave every opportunity to their forwards.
Bradshaw in the second half fell back, and along with Steel, Scott and Jackson did Trojan work in keeping Everton at bay. Jackson got better the longer he played, but Geldard give him a lot of anxiety and many beatings. It surprised me the way Everton neglected this Bradford youth, for he was the best forward they had given the chance. But Everton's chief weakness was in defence, Sagar was not confident. Cook and Cresswell were beaten for pace, and Britton fell below his known form, and it was pace again which beat White at centre-half, and only Thomson of the half-backs could be given any praise. Dean got two goals, and he along with Geldard, for Dunn fell away after promising well, and Johnson never rose above the ordinary, were the pick of the line, but it was a poor Everton. Liverpool once they got on top, did almost as they liked. Everton could not cope with their dashing tactics. Youth triumphed over experience. Liverpool:- Scott, goal; Steel and Jackson, backs; Morrison, Bradshaw (captain) and McPherson, half-backs; Taylor, Wright, Barton, Roberts and Hanson, forwards. Everton: - Sagar goal; Cook, and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. E. E. Hull (Burnley).
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