High Class Play
But Chances Missed at Anfield.
Why Liverpool Won
I must have seen a score of “Derby” games, but I cannot recall one, in which there were so many missed chances as that which took place at Anfield-road on Saturday. A game of his sort leads itself to over-eagerness, but when you look back at the game, and count the number of times when you had a right to expect a goal, and only witnessed a blundering shot, it made you wonder, Liverpool won 3-2 safely because they fought to the last ditch. Everton are undeniably the greatest scientific force in present day football, not excluding the Arsenal, even Liverpool caused the machinery to break down just when it promised to reach the top note. For twenty minutes this Everton team without its leader, Dean, provided magnificent fare. It looked as if Liverpool were going to be pounded to pulp for Everton's schemes and science were of such quality that the Liverpool defence was sorely tested. The ball was taken along as if it was tied to the players toes, and then dispatched to its destination with an accuracy which made football look easy. How came it that they did not score a goal or two during the time they were showing their high lights? There were to factors; their own grievous errors when they had made their position, and the wonderful goalkeeping of Riley. Everton moved as one man, but having beaten all save the goalkeeper, they failed with the chance offered to them. Fate does not deal kindly with a side, which lapses in such a manner, as Everton found to their cost. Liverpool took the lead at 32 minutes through their perservance and although the goal was not a nice one because there was nothing in the making of it, it set Liverpool on the road to success.
The Big Game Temperament.
What a roar when Nieuwenhuys scooped the ball over the foot of Cresswell and Sagar! Here was a man playing in his first Derby game –a test even for the older men –scoring a goal in a cool calculating manner, suggestive of no nervous whatever. “Nivvy” afterwards showed that he has the big game temperament, but he has more – the ability. He moved about smoothly, employed touches of the master craftsman, and his centres were ever thoughtful. Once or twice he centred when he should have shot, but that no doubt was due to the fact that early in the game he had shot when he should have passed and he made up his mind that such a thing would not happen again. Nieuwenhuy's goal did not hold the lead for long, for within three minutes White had nodded a great goal. It was a goal with a picturesque setting, for five passes were made before Stein eventually centred for White to score a confident goal. The game fluncuated until the interval with the sides standing all square, with a goal each to their credit. During the first session Dunn had played brilliantly, he was the outstanding performer of the day even though Britton, England's new inter-league player gave a fine exhibition of skilful football. Personally, I though he was prone to overdo the dainty business. Still his was a masterly display. Liverpool played a rousting game in the second half, quite the best I have seen from them this season. It was football with “bite” and enterprise. Perhaps not quite of the high quality of their rivals, but just as effective. Take, for instance Hodgson's drive from twenty yards out. It was a goal without the interference of the crossbar, for Sagar was beaten to pieces. The ball struck the underneath portion of the crossbar, rattled down and landed on the goal line, but was got away to safely. It shook the confidence of the Everton supporters, who at the hour suffered their second blow when Hanson took advantage of a defensive “mix-up” and planted the ball in the far side of the goal. Sagar may have been unsighted.
Riley In Form.
That goal meant that Everton, had to do something. They rose in their might, and but for the fact that Riley was in such great form they must have scored a number of goals. They got on top of their adversaries, but could not penetrate Liverpool's rear guard, which played the game of its life. Bradshaw stood soundly in the middle to stop White and turn away a dangerous centre with his head, and what got beyond Steel and Tennant. Riley stopped, making some startling saves in the defence of his goal. Riley at this point was the man of the moment, for there could be no denying that Everton were hot-foot on the trail of a goal. No matter what manner of shot or header came his way Riley ably dealt with them all. With ten minutes to go Liverpool made the game safe. Hodgson and Hanson contrived to put English through, the Irish International scoring without any difficult. It looked hopeless for Everton, to pull the game out of the fire, for Liverpool had got back into their stride, but two minutes from the final, Johnson slipped through, drew Riley out of goal, and then tapped the ball into the net. At this point Hanson was injured, and had to leave the field. He came back for the last half-minute.
It had been a great game. All around one could hear the words “What grand football.” Liverpool had undoubtedly proved that their smashing victory against Tottenham Hotspur a week before was no fluke, and I must say that a repetition of such form in further games will bring them more points than they will lose. The Anfielders are noted for their determination in these meetings. Liverpool were good all round. Tennant was fautly occasion, and it was not until the second half that Stein was held. Morrison determined that no more danger should come from this quarter, and whenever Stein was there was Morrison, too Nieuwenhuys, naturally, came in for a lot of praise, but in my opinion none played better than Hanson. I did not see him put a foot wrong although he was up against Britton and Cook. Hanson had the making of a fine player in fact, Liverpool's wing troubles now seen settled. English had a miss or two, but kept his line working well. It was the whole team, and Riley in particular, which made this great victory possible. Dean was a sadly missed man. Not that White did not play well, but one cannot expect White to drop into the centre forward game after such a lengthily spell at centre-half. Geldard was good, but I have seen Johnson in better form. Stein was not so prominent as usual. Gee opened moderately, but improved and late on nearly scored – Riley stooped him. Everton's failure was forward. There was plenty f skill but no marksmen to finish of the good work. Another clean and attractive meeting goes down the to history. Teams: - Liverpool: - Riley, goal; Steel and Tennant, backs; Morrison, Bradshaw (captain) and McDougall, half-backs; Nieuwenhuys, Hodgson, English , Wright and Hanson, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton Gee and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, White, Johnson and Stein forwards. Referee M. Harper, Stourbridge.
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