Liverpool Football Echo report


Gordon Hodgson Gets Two Goals From Experimental Left Wing.

Howe's Four Anfield Derby Points
Dean and Williams of Everton Injured in Game

Of Remarkable Turn-Round.

By Bee.

Liverpool swamped Everton at Anfield before 45,000 spectators. In a quarter of an hour it was ten to one on Everton, but immediately the Liverpool guns were fired the side gave Everton an object lesson in the matter, and first class practical football in front of goal. There was a goal riot when Hodgson and Carr the experimental left wing pair, got on the move, and the ferocity of Hodgson's shot was only equalled by the greatness and completeness of Howe's headed goal, which opened the day's score sheet. Everton lost Dean and Williams injured, and both were off the field a while. Dean had chipped, or broken his toe and Dr, Baxter informed me that Williams had groin trouble. At half-time Liverpool were in excalsis, and being four up had revived memories of their 7-4 victory against the same team three years ago. Allowing for Everton's misfortune, Liverpool had before the casualties made good in a remarkable turn-around of form. In an hour Riley did not have one save, although he was aided by the post on one occasion. Teams: - Liverpool: - Riley, goal; Cooper and Blenkinsop, backs; Savage, Bradshaw and McDougall (captain), half-backs; Niewenhuys, Wright, Howe, Hodgson and Carr, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Miller, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Leyfield, forwards. Referee Mr. T. Thompson, (Leamington). Anfield housed 45,000 spectators in perfect comfort. There was but one ambulance case, which was the first “record” of the day for the meeting of Everton and Liverpool. The turf was so beautiful that it would have served for a cricket pitch or a golf green. Everton were unchanged from their Portsmouth visit, and Liverpool played Hodgson at inside left for the first time in his life, Carr becoming his partner to the omission of Hanson. The gates were closed early, but the “Kop” and paddock did not appear to be packed to full capacity, yet daring young lads climbed the giddy heights of the Kemlyn-road stand and perched themselves underneath the archers.

Along The Carpet Passing.

Everton were cunning in their use of the ball. They kept it along the carpet and wen a break arose through Liverpool taking up the attack Jock Thomson made a superlative tackle on Vic Wright and Everton resumed their pressure forthwith. The all-along-the-line passing was finding a hole in Liverpool's defence. Play was stopped because Bradshaw was unable to continue through a damaged boot. The trainer went on with his sponge, but once these miracle workers – the sponge and the trainer, of course –were not needed. Howe had no knowledge that he had been declared offside, therefore one had to judge his shot at its recognised value, and it was a miss from easy range, within only Sagar in view. Hodgson's first drive was a studied affair that was stopped marking a mark by striking the leg of Williams. Blenkinsop mis-cued, and Stevenson's shot to Riley's hands was a mere detail, lacking in the Post Office order “urgent, express.” Savage stopped another Stevenson raid and Geldard got an opening by fortuitous method. The wingers fluffed a centre, and this led to another attack by Everton, in which Miller, from the goal-line, swung across a centre worthy of an extreme wingman. The sequel was extra-ordinary. First Dean, headed wide, which is an uncommon feature for him, which is an uncommon feature for him, and there from Cooper cleared at all costs and the ball went to the left wing, where the newcomer. Lance Carr, was the inspiration of the opening goal. He had time to shoot though Sagar had prepared himself for such an eventuality. Sagar's second thoughts were best, and a nice not-too-fast centre was taken in a fashion Dean would have been delighted to own by Howe, the young Hyde centre forward; whose gliding header swung into the right-hand corner of the net. It was a goal made perfect and perfectly made, and really was Liverpool's first attack after lumps of defence. Howe thought a lot of it, and ran forward to thank Carr for his part in making presentation. Again Carr offered a wise length centre, and it was only cleared when Hodgson shot and the ball travelled on for a corner, which “Nivvy” jumped to head and put the ball half a yard outside. Wright tricked Stevenson with one of his own (Stevenson's) dribbling notions and the Anfielders roared their pleasure. White, as a centre half, surprised everyone by going to his old original spot of outside left and becoming a forward for a moment. McDougall tried a shot, Sagar picking up gingerly and Stevenson acting as centre for a moment, lobbed the ball rather than shot from so close in that the Liverpool defence must have been unnerved. A priceless back-header by Cresswell went without applause, because he does these things with infinite grace and ease. Britton weaved in and out under the eyes of the directors, and his cup-final specially (a hanging centre with the ball swerving in the air) was duty headed by Dean, but this time the ball swung outside. Still it was a magnificent place of duel-control. Everton were inclined to go forward by the pass back. They were over-indulgent in the matter, and Liverpool were now having a little more of the play and Sagar had to make a sharp catch and Bradshaw used his full measures of height to stop Miller equalising. Savage collared the out of place Britton, serving him with some of his own medicine, and so the game went on its pleasant way – full of punch and determination, with severe tackling and Sagar now taking honours with a magnificent catch and clearance against Victor Wright, and Nivvy had centred, Cresswell being unable to make play through the glare of the sunshine.

Geldard's Run.

Everton want to the fore by means of Geldard's fast and goalwards run. It looked as though a goal must come if the Everton forwards were not unduly hasty. Cooper rushed in where many an angel would fear to tread. Dean trod up awkwardly as he was about to melee, but Liverpool kept the ball out of the net. McDougall was soon back to his task. Dean became an outside right in a tete-a-tete with Blenkinsop, which the Everton man was plainly aiming at making a corner and being content with it. Dean had a moment before given what he would most like himself –namely, a forward pass. Stevenson could not get to it before Bradshaw had ruined the idea. Everton escaped, as they could never have expected when, from the right wing, there was a centre and Sagar and his backs were lax in picking up a simple offering. Howe, no more than five yards from goal, let out a strong shot and Everton were saved solely by the accidental striking of the full back's body. This was sheer good fortune for the Goodison Park club. However, Leyfield recovered some of Everton's lost confidence by a run full of speed and a satisfying shot-centre which flashed along the goal area out of play out to Riley's reach and clear of the goal register.

Hodgson Makes It Two.

Dean, at this moment went off for a trifling injury, and while he was away, at the 28 th minute, Carr, unmarked, delivered yet another of his supremely inviting centres, and this time Hodgson struck the ball with such venom that it fied to the top of the net, and if the goalkeeper saw it would be surprising. Certainly it was the most astonishing strength-shot I have seen for some years. Let it be said to the credit of one of the losing side's directors that he clapped his hands, either in astonishment or giving value to the scorer for a truly remarkable shot. Nivvy on two occasions was a danger to goal, and Everton must have found this half-awkward, because the sun was shining brightly in their eyes. There could no mistake about the punishing finishing touch of Liverpool when contrasted with Everton's over-elaborate efforts of the early portions of play. Geldard, provided a lovely notion against the old-timer Blenkinsop, who collard the ball, and Hodgson joined in to make the third goal in thirty-five minutes. It was blazing trail by the big man in the new position, and it was noteworthy that he took this goal with his left foot. Sagar, again never saw the ball, and to my mind, the picture of that will always remain the same. Hodgson wanted to give the ball to Howe. Howe did not realise this, but was able to come up late on and put a through pass for Hodgson a sort of thanksoffering. In short, it was the result of two forwards with a single mind regarding the forward pass. The Anfield team and crowd were wild with delight, and their chances of increasing the score rose through Ben Williams leaving the field, immediately after the third goal had been scored Williams, however returned in two minutes. While Riley had not had a single shot throughout the half, McDougall punched the ball far and straight for Howe to make what must have been a goal if Cresswell had not retrieved and conversed but there was no pace for the Everton defence, and the inspired Liverpool side made the fourth goal three minutes from half-time. Carr used a throw-in, which he had forced on Britton, without delay and Hodgson edged the ball for Howe to make another winner –a drive that Sagar could not hope to stem. At this point Dean left the field through his damaged ankle.

Half-Time Liverpool 4, Everton 0

Dean's Broke Toe.

Dean was absent when the game restarted, owing to a broken toe, and Everton had to face an uphill task with ten men. As Ben Williams had also suffered thigh trouble the Everton side had to remodel their forces, and we had the uncommon spectacle of Miller being centre half, Williams outside right, Geldard centre forward, and White right full back. Dean arrived in two minutes, limping and plainly unable to do himself justice. Indeed, the beauty of the match had left us, altogether Everton made a rallying effort to resume and hoped the Liverpool side would repeat the second half faltering of a week ago and Wednesday last. Liverpool were not in that mood. They held a remarkable lead. One that recalled their famous 7-4 victory on this ground against the same team. Cooper stubbed his toe preventing a goal after Riley had half-patted away, the goalkeeper having been bothered by the sun's ray. Sagar made a first class grasp, and clearance after Carr had been prominent once more. It was ironic that the South African, should have been in the forefront of play and goals because he was the try-on forward, whereas Nivvy, the match-winner had a strangely quiet day, although nearly scoring on two occasions. Cresswell must be given full marks for his method and stylish display against a fast right wing pair. Everton were now unsettled. Geldard as a defender gave a corner, which was productive of lots of trouble. Wright went forward with his bandaged right hand to take up the stray pass from Nivvy where everyone imagine there must be the customary slavish centre from outside right, and if Hodgson had realized he was on-side a further goal would have arisen. Miller kicked right over the ball, and the crowd just roared their surprise, while the boys in the pen chanted their chorus of “One two, three, four, five.” Hodgson hit the upright, Geldard followed suit, and Riley was damaged in making a clearance. Sagar was now a stray. He saved from Hodgson. A corner became a goal kick in error, and when Wright tried to place a goal he failed because Sagar, although on one knee, made a praiseworthy catch. It was all Sagar at this stage, and naturally the handicapped defence was finding it difficult to keep time with the speedy Liverpool forwards.

Everton had one grit of off-side when Hodgson was well primed for a goal but what was one among so many Everton still played White at full back, Miller at centre half, and Geldard at inside right. Bradshaw nearly presented with a consolation goal, and Nivvy smacked in one beauty, and with another, after being allowed to go on from an off-side position, he failed to get hold of the ball with proper balance.

Dean Leaves The Field.

Dean left the field a quarter of an hour from the finish. Bradshaw, Cresswell, Hodgson, and the Liverpool half-backs as a line had been the impressive personalities of play, and it is remarkable to relate that Riley, within ten minutes of the finish, had not had one shot of strength to tackle. Sagar made a save at the peril, of his life. He threw himself at the feet of the Liverpool forwards when all seemed lost. His great daring undoubtedly saved another goal. The attendance was given as approximately 48,000, and the receipts £2,810.

How Scores Fifth and Sixth.

With four minutes remaining Hodgson made a fine header which Sagar got away, but not so safely, for the ball went out to Howe, who promptly headed it back into the net. Then, with about a minute to go Howe increased Liverpool's total to six by heading a Nivvy centre past Sagar at express speed. Final Liverpool 6 Everton 0.

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