ANOTHER MERSEY DRAW.
SPORTING GAME AT ANFIELD.
So far this season Liverpool have opposed seven clubs in home and away engagements. Five of these have each yielded three points to the Reds, Everton being the first club since the Sunderland engagements to keep the margin to two points. The Goodison Club therefore are to be congratulated on doing what others failed to accomplish, but the most biased supporter of the Walton team will admit that in the two engagements between the Merseyside rivals Liverpool proved themselves the more convincing side. As at Goodison Park the previous week, the game at Anfield ended in a draw of one goal each, and from one aspect the result may be considered a fair one, for if Liverpool held a strong advantage in the initial half Everton played vastly improved football in the second portion. Taking the game throughout, however, Liverpool, as a combined force, impressed the onlooker as the more artistic and forceful combination. Everton were in a measure fortunate to gather in a point, inasmuch as it was a mistake on the part of the referee which gave them the opportunity to score. At the time the home defence was as sound as the proverbial bell, and they appeared likely to hold out to the finish. Mr. Howcroft pulled up Irvine for offside, but realising that he had made a mistake, he ordered a “throw down” practically on the penalty line. This gave Everton an advantage of which Chedgzoy took full advantage.
DEMONSTRATION AGAINST REFEREE.
A section of the crowd was roused to a “booing” outburst against the referee, but after all the ruling official did the best thing in his power, when he realised his error. Mistakes will happen, and these are all in the game. But really Liverpool had themselves to blame. They ought to have made the game safe in the first half. Failure to drive home an advantage has been the Reds' failing throughout the season, and when we remember that in ten of their games they have scored but one goal, the lack of penetrative power is apparent, and their position in the front flight under the circumstances is remarkable. Seven times this season the Anfield team has shared the points. How valuable a victory on Saturday would have been may be gleaned from a glance at the table. That extra point would have put them on top. Still that may be a pleasure in store. It was a fine, hard game, played in the best of spirit and sportsmanship, and one is glad to record that no serious mishap happened to a player. Fore and aft Liverpool played a capital football, and the forwards combined in the initial portion of the encounter much better than in any previous game. Lewis was clever and enterprising, though he missed chances. The inside left did everything but score. Hopkin too, was a thorn in Everton's side, while Shone distributed the play in approved fashion, and it is evident this lad will improve with experience.
THE STAR FORWARD.
Forshaw, however, was the star forward. The inside right was in great form, and his shooting and the ball control were alike admirable. Lacey, too, was useful. At half-back there was not a finer player on the field than Bromilow. The Liverpool lad was opposed by a player after his own heart in Chedgzoy, and the pair were often at friendly grips. Always marked by good sportsmanship, the duels were most interesting. Bromilow's play was a treat to watch. He is certainly playing in international form, Wadsworth was a worker, and gave Irvine little scope; while McNab, too, played good football and is developing on the right lines. Mckinlay and Longworth were fine backs, and Scott took his part in his usual accomplished style. He did seem to have a good view of the ball when Chedgzoy scored however.
As at Goodison, Everton seemed to play their game in snatches, as it were –at times brilliant and at other moments very moderate. The Blues on occasion demonstrated their ability to play football of the most artistic type, but somehow they could not retain the standard for long. Their best-sustained play was seen in the second portion, and at the end they nearly snatched the game out of the fire, the Liverpool goal having narrow escapes. Fern was in goal, and Downs and McDonald displayed fine understanding and judgement. The captain had some anxious moments, but he came out all right in the end. Brewster was the best of a good middle line, and Chedgzoy, Harrison and Fazackerley the most enterprising forwards. Irvine showed a fine knowledge of the game, and he will improve with experience. It only needs to be added that Forshaw's goal in the first half was the result of a very fine effort, and the inside right's success was thoroughly deserved. Chedgzoy's goal in the closing minutes has already been mentioned. Sam made no mistake with his shot, which was a fine cross drive. There were 50,000 spectators present. Teams : - Liverpool: - Scott, goal, Longworth, and McKinlay, backs, McNab, Wadsworth, and Bromilow, half-backs, Lacey, Forshaw, Shone, Lewis, and Hopkin, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs, and McDonald (captain), backs, Fleetwood, Brewster, and Peacock, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Irvine, Crossley, and Harrison, forwards.
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