A GREAT “DERBY” –BUT THERE WERE FAULTS.
The Evening Express.
By The Pilot.
Everton were worthy winners of the Anfield “Derby” game with Liverpool, a match which contained all the thrills which local rivalry engenders, but paradoxical as it may see, the fact emerges that – Neither side, as at present constituted, is good enough to win a place in the honours list this season. There were many faults in this game which sent the watchers home without a grumble so far as quality of fare went; but these faults did stand out. Take Liverpool’s attack for instance. Each man repeatedly made errors after the opening passages, when they played fine football. Even the quick-witted Eastham tried to accomplish too much and was often found beating himself with his own intricacies. Eastham must be more direct in order to give his colleagues a chance of divining his intentions. Howe was hardly seen in the game, and Taylor brought little improvement. Hanson did look a danger man for a little while. Nieuwenhuys made many errors, and then went to inside right to become the inspiration of the line and goal scorer. Had others followed Nieuwenhuys’ example, Liverpool might have pulled the game out of the fire. The success of Nieuwnhuys at inside-right gives birth to the idea that Liverpool could do no worse by trying him there, and bringing in young Penrose as his partner. “Nivvy” does put some life into it, and he is such an elusive lad that he can draw defences out of position.
Pivot Problem Remains.
The Reds’ centre half problem is not solved, even allowing for the willingness of Rogers. Dabs had a poor day against the scintillating Geldard, who passed him with the greatest of ease. For the remainder, Liverpool had grand wing half-backs in Busby and McDougall –men who could utilise the ball –Harley, the perfect back, and Kemp, a reliable goalkeeper. This Harley is an international in embryo. Yes, problems Liverpool, and that also goes for the Blues, who just deserved this win because they had craft where the Reds had none –and this despite indifferent feeding from mercer and Watson, the wing half-backs. Lawton worked hard enough in the centre, yet did not hold the line together well, and was often puzzled about what to do with the ball when the short pass to bring his inside men into the game was the obvious move. Dougal played too much on his own and, to my mind back far too much. Stevenson took time to settle down, and then made some fine openings for the superlative Geldard, who, at the moment, is playing better than ever he has done. The feature of Trentham’s display were his goal –a neat effort that as a prelude to Lawton’s penalty goal, and the manner in which he stood up to Harley. Yet he is not a First division player. Gee was Everton’s bonniest feeder, and the whole defence of the Blues was sharper and more effective than that of Liverpool. After a shaky opening Everton were quicker on the ball, and their tackling was as intrepid as it was purposeful. Everton’s grand covering and intervention crowded out Liverpool. Sagar made some excellent saves, but this was a day which brought few shots. There were not half-a-dozen in the 90 minutes. Yet there was an abundance of goalmouth thrills.
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