Sagar Foils Liverpool
Great Display in Derby Game.
How Dean Slipped Away to Score.
Everton provided one of the most thrilling finishes I have witnessed this season when they defeated their friendly rivals, Liverpool in the last half-minute of their “Derby” game at Goodison Park. Steel had sliced his drive, Leyfield centred, Dean nodded his head and Riley was beaten. Many people did not see the important phase of the game, for they had left the ground in the belief that a draw was inevitable and they were justified in this belief for it seemed a million to one on either side scoring with half a minute to go I count Liverpool as distinctly unfortunate to loss this game. They had done sufficient in the second half to have brought them full marks, for they had brought more pressure to bear on Everton's goal than the Everton forwards had done on Riley's charge. It had been the other way in the opening session, for Everton then had chances, which were not taken. Sagar was without doubt the saviour of Everton. Liverpool people will say “if it had not been for Sagar Everton would have been beaten. True, but the only answer to that must be “Sagar” was there to save shots.” Four times at least in the second half Sagar stood between Liverpool and success. It was the best piece of goalkeeping I have seen for years. To emphasize the statement I have but to tell you that the Liverpool players on-blue shook hands with the Everton goalkeeper as he left the field, Sagar had defeated Liverpool, yet so brilliantly had he preformed that even the “enemy” had to honour his display. That is the true spirit of sportsmanship.
Man of the Match.
Sagar had been the essence of confidence all though and only once did he look like suffering defeat when Taylor slashed a fine shot on the far upright. Even a Sagar could not have kept that ball out if it had been an inch the other way. Everton also hit the upright, a fact which pleased me for it balanced matters, and could not be used as an argument when the game is talked of during the coming week. So often did Sagar's goal look like failing yet so often did the keeper save the situation with stupendous work that Liverpool had reason to lose heart, but they kept pegging away only to see Sagar push the ball away tip it over the bar leap up in the air make a catch in cricket fashion or dive across his goal and prevent a “certainy”. It was without a doubt a great day for the Everton goalkeeper –the man of the match. Now to the game itself. It was not a classic in the true sense, for the standard of the football did not reach a high mark but what it lacked in finesses was samply made up for in earnest endeavour. There was never a dull moment; in fact I thought the game most enjoyable for there was plenty of action, a thousand or more thrills, and plenty of pace considering the sweltering heat. It was warm enough for the onlooker –what must it have been for the players? Everton took the early honours, and Dean should have had a goal for it was there for the taking. Low had erred in his judgement of the flight of the ball and Dean was so well placed that a goal should most certainly have come from his shoot. In the old days such a chance would never have been missed, but on this occasion Dean lifted the ball over the crossbar. I though Dean was badly treated by Low, who was constantly using his elbows to brush Dean aside, and it was not until late on that the referee spotted the infringement. Dean made some excellent passes with his head, but was not supported by his inside men. Stevenson had one shot sandwiched in a lot of scheming play, but Cunliffe has got into the habit of nursing the ball. One time he ran round in circles and finished behind the point where he had started. He must get rid of this fault if he is to succeed. The defence of both sides usually held the ship hand, but Liverpool got the better of Cook and Cresswell late on in the game, so much so that Sagar had a glut of work to do. I have told you of it, but only refer to it to help you visulism how near to victory Liverpool had been. English, Hodgson and Wright were held up at the last fence as it were by miraculous saves. Their efforts had been good enough to have beaten most goalkeepers.
Low's Only Lapse.
Low, considering his year, had been highly successful against Dean, but at the finish was trapped by the Everton captain. Low, no doubt though Dean was at his shoulder, whereas Dean had sneaked away when Leyfield made his centre. The ball soared over Low's head straight to Dean, who had it in the net in a flash. It was Low's only lapse, if it could be so designated. Some are inclined to disagree with the referee's offside decision against Hanson when English headed into the net. Angles in football make then matters a sore point. Hanson was very close to the goal line when he centred, so it must have been a very close thing. Mr. Taylor, however had handled the game so well that I have every belief in his infringement. Liverpool think English was onside, but I except the referee's ruling –he was better placed then I. The four full-backs were splendid, with none better than Cresswell. Morrison's retain was an improvement and the Stein-Stevenson, wing was well kept under. McDougall got better as the game progressed. Taylor was more hearty in his play than Nieuwenhuys, and Wright did smart work at inside left I thought Hodgson's first half display of a very high order. He could not obtain that 200 th goal, and after the interval he was not so prominent. Hanson was ever a danger man. English led the line well, and was particularly good in his heading. The Everton half-back line was dour and clever, with Britton linking up with Leyfield like a long lost brother. The outside-right was spoon-fed in the opening half. He did not take full advantage of such support, but don't forget he had McDougall and Blenkinsopp to overcome, Riley's greatest difficulty was not the saving of the shot, but the clearing of it. He had to watch out for the charge, and Leyfield once knocked him out of position in the first half. It was one of the quietest “Derby” meetings I have seen. There was not the bust of excitement either before of during the game one associates with this gathering. But not one of those present, be it friend of foe will ever forget the goalkeeping of Sagar. Teams: - Everton: Sagar, goal; Cresswell and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, Stein, forwards. Liverpool: - Riley goal; Steel and Blenkinsop (captain), backs; Morrison, Low and McDougall, half-backs; Taylor, Hodgson, English, Wright, and Hanson, forwards. Referee Mr. A. Taylor (Wigan) . Attendances, 45,000
Copyright - Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury - Transcribed by http://www.bluecorrespondent.co.nr