Evening Express report

Youngest Blues ‘Derby’ Team’s Stern Battle For Point.
60,000 To see Great game.
By The Pilot.

One of the most vital “Derby” games ever played at Goodison Park tomorrow. This 70th match between the clubs under Football League auspices finds Everton only one point from the bottom position in the table. Therefore this is one “Derby” match that Everton really must win, and all their remaining home matches as well, for that matter, if they re to reach safety. It is expected that 60,000 people will witness the match. The record for a “Derby” game at Goodison Park is 66,737 who paid £4,114 on October 15, 1927. Rarely have Everton entered into a match against their neighbours with such vital issues at stake. Even the loss of one point will make Everton’s position more perilous. The Blues have consolation in the thought that in recent games they have revealed marked improvement. The team is on the upgrade. They are fighting zealously and have recaptured that all-for-one and one-for-all spirit which is essential to success. The responsibility of this important game falls on the shoulders of the youngest side ever to represent the Blues in such an encounter. Can they overcome what I consider to be the finest defence in the country? That is the burning question. It will be a case of Everton’s young attackers matching their speed, enthusiasm and skill against a rearguard which is as resolute as the Rock of Gibraltar. It should be one of the “best-ever” games between the clubs. My personal fancy is for a draw. Everton may enjoy the balance of attack, but in facing such as Bradshaw and company, the forwards will need the essence of skill in drawing, and placing and the ability and agility to snap up every scoring chance. The Liverpool defence covers perfectly, possess the faculty for taking and ball in the air, and it makes positional play count. Mark you, I think that if the Everton attackers play with the same precision as they did in the first half against Derby County last Saturday, they will win. I say so with due regard to the fact that I consider Liverpool’s defence to be superior to that of Derby.

Man Blues Have To Watch.

The Reds will rely on sweeping raids to overcome Everton, and the man to watch is Freddie How, the young centre forward who signalise his “Derby” debut by scoring four goals. Howe is a worrier and an opportunist and he will need careful watching by White the “stop-all” pivot of the Blues. Liverpool are happy in the thought that Bradshaw, Riley, and Savage are able to return to duty, and they are bringing back Glassey as partner on the left to Carr. Everton make no change from the side which drew at Derby, so that Glassey (Liverpool), King, Mercer, Bentham and Gillick will have their first experience of “Derby” encounters. If Liverpool win they will complete their first “double” of the season, having beaten the Blues 6-0 at Anfield. . Teams: - Everton: - King, goal; Cook and Jones, backs; Britton (captain), White, and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Bentham, Cunliffe, Miller, and Gillick, forwards. Derby County; - Kirby, goal; Udall and Jessop, backs; Nicholas, Barker and Keen, half-backs; Hagan, Napier, Gallacher, Ramage and Duncan, forwards. Referee Mr. J.E. Mellor (Bradford).


Polish, But No “Punch.”
Honours Even After Stern Battle for Lead.
Riley’s Great Game In Liverpool Goal.
By the Pilot.

Faulty finishing cost Everton a valuable point in their 70th Football League “Derby” game with Liverpool at Goodison Park. The game was drawn 0-0, but if Everton had accepted all the chances they had, they would have been comfortable winners. Everton’s midfield play was superb, but they were unable to push home their advantage near goal. Riley, the Liverpool goalkeeper, was the hero of the game, which pulsated with action and thrills. Blenkinsop, skipper of Liverpool, had to cry off at the last moment, owing to an attack of influenza. Dabs took his place. There were 55,000 spectators present when Cooper and Britton, the deputy captains, led their men on the field together. Teams: - Everton: - King, goal; Cook and Jones, backs; Britton (captain), White, and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Bentham, Cunliffe, Miller, and Gillick, forwards. Liverpool: - Riley, goal; Cooper (captain), and Dabbs, backs; Savage, Bradshaw and McDougall, half-backs; Nieuwenhuys, Wright, Howe, Glassey, and Carr, forwards. Referee Mr. Thompson, (Leamington-n-Tyne).Everton opened strongly through the agency of Geldard and Britton. Geldard twice beat Dabbs for pace, and then, when Britton centred, Gillick pushed the ball back for Mercer’s to drive one by the post. “Nivvy” cut inwards to get the Reds attack in motion. Cook intervened, and Howe’s back header failed to reach “Nivvy” who had come out of position. Britton and Geldard were in joyous form and after perfect interpassing the ball was pushed through to Cunliffe, who in his eagerness had got offside.

Riley There.

Geldard forced a corner off Dabbs and following his kick and a punch away by riley, Gillick drove a swift right-foot shot, against the foot of the post. Bradshaw next conceded a corner on the left. Again Riley’s fists were there and this time the ball ran to Miller, whose shot was turned aside by Riley at full length. The ball fell to Geldard’s feet, but the winger, in trying to avoid Riley’s body, placed the ball yards wide. In Liverpool’s lone raid, Mercer miskicked, but recovered. Then King had to fast away a free kick from Savage. Once again, Bradshaw frustrated Everton with a masterly tackle after a lone dribble by Cunliffe. Nieuwenhuys was causing Jones plenty worry, and now it was only White’s enterprise which prevented Howe from getting to work on a neat “Nivvy” slip-through. Cook came up to join the forwards and with Miller’s aid cut out a chance for Cunliffe, who was given offside as he glided the ball into the net. This was a near thing. Vic. Wright went close with a 20-yard drive. Then a lucky rebound gave Cunliffe a chance to feed Gillick. Gillick swerved past Cooper and with only Riley to beat, turned the ball over the top. Everton were pattern-waving and doing it well, but they lacked finishing punch.

Swift Raids.
Liverpool Attack Tests Blues’ Defence.

Liverpool were relying on swift raids and from one of these Nieuwenhuys headed outside. Everton had another great chance when Cunliffe headed through and Geldard was through on his own. Riley came out of goal, and with Geldard allowing the ball to run a little too far beyond him, the South African fell on the ball to save a certain goal. This was the biggest thrill of the game so far. Once again Everton failed at the vital moment. They were, metaphorically, being presented with goals, yet could not take them. The ball came off McDougall to put Cunliffe clean through six yards from goal, but the ball and struck Riley’s knee and run to safely. Bradshaw made a mistake in allowing a ball to pass him, and Cunliffe was through like greased-lighting. Riley grapped the ball, which had goal label on it. Everton were having much more of the game, but their forwards had little idea of finishing. Liverpool with much fewer attacks, were not lacking in goal thrusts. Cunliffe was coming out well in his heading duels with Bradshaw and he back-headed a perfect pass for Geldard to cut through. Once again the spectators were preparing to shout “goal,” but the keen anticipation of Riley, who came out to narrow the angle, saved another certainty. Cunliffe contributed a praiseworthy dribble which brought two successive corners to the Blues, these being taken charge of by the ever alert Riley. Cunliffe shot across goal, but there was no one up to do the necessary.

Half-Time Everton 0, Liverpool 0.

Everton should have had the game in safe keeping, but they had to begin the battle all over again as a consequence of faulty finishing. The Blues had played perfect football in midfield, yet when they came to finishing they failed. Twice Riley had to fist away after the interval –once from a fine effort by Bentham –and we saw some strange miskicking by both sides. Riley deserves double bonus for this show. Geldard went through again, but Riley dashed out and the winger’s shot banged against the goalkeeper’s chest. Gillick drove outside with a speculative, shot then went much closer with a tricky header from Britton’s centre which went a foot by the far post. Another big thrill came when Cunliffe took over the outside right position and squared a ball which Riley could not reach. Gillick flung himself out to make a mighty header which flashed inches by the post. Liverpool made spasmodic raids, but King was able to take command by coming out to pick up.

Off-side Trap
Everton Fail To Round-Off Midfield Efforts.

It was still Everton’s game so far as midfield endeavour went, but they fell to Liverpool’s offside trap and they were lacking in goal sense. A misunderstanding between Britton and Cook saw Carr sweep through and middle a ball which Howe just failed to reach. After Cook had conceded a corner Glassey got in the way of Wright, so that the inside right’s header flew over the top, instead of into the net.

Offside Goal.

The game had been in progress 65 minutes when Liverpool thought they had scored through Howe, but long before the whistle had gone for offside. There was little in it when the Reds swept through and Nivvy’s shot cannoned off King to be pushed across goal for Howe to shoot into the net. There were hand-shakes, but the majority of the players were standing up field waiting for the free kick. King received an injury, but he was able to resume. Liverpool were having more of the game at this stage, and it seemed as if Everton were becoming upset by their own inability to score. Gillick made a heroic effort for the Blues, cutting through the middle after help from Cunliffe, and his final shot was turned aside for a corner by Dabbs, who suffered an injury, but was soon back into battle. The game was producing everything in football except goals. Geldard, ably fed by Cunliffe, dropped over another one. Gillick was there, but Riley, as usual, was also there to make the safe catch under the bar. Carr tricked Cook, and his short centre had Everton worried until Mercer nipped in with the winning header. Everton fought back, Bentham making a wonderful shot which swept by the far post. White put paid to the next Reds’ raid – his value to Everton was the same as Bradshaw to Liverpool. Riley was there with his fist when Bentham went through and centred. Then when Bentham was fouled on the edge of the penalty area, White sent a magnificent shot through the barrage of players, Riley turning the ball over the bar when it seemed like a goal at last. Gillick tried to go through on his own only to run up against the effective Bradshaw barrier, and Cunliffe hesitated after swerving around Bradshaw. Final Everton 0, Liverpool 0.

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