Everton's revenge!

Liverpool Echo - Saturday 21 March 1970


By Chris James

Liverpool; Clemence; Lawler, Strong; Smith, Yeats, Hughes; Thompson, Livermore, St. John, Callaghan, Graham, Sub; Evans (A). Everton; West; Wright, Brown; Kendall, Kenyon, Harvey; Whittle, Ball, Royle, Hurst, Morrissey, Sub; Darcy. Referee; Mr. K. Walker (Maidstone). 

A brilliant display, by Everton, in which they out-classed and outplayed Liverpool in the derby at Anfield today, put them well in front with goals by Royle and Whittle. Everton dominated the game in midfield where Ball was brilliant and in attack Royle frequently beat the tall Liverpool defence in the air, something that brought the first goal and helped make the second. Liverpool had Strong fit again and at No.3 in place of Roy Evans, and Alun Evans was replaced at centre forward by St. John. Everton had Sandy brown and Roger Kenyon in for the injured Keith newton and Brian Labone. There was almost a sensational start, with Yeats nearly heading into his own goal after three minutes. Smith fouled Harvey midway inside the Liverpool half and from Brown’s chip into the goalmouth Yeats and Royle rose, with Yeats winning but misheading the ball towards the top corner of the net. It needed a spectacular leap by Clemence to clutch the ball just under the bar. 

Ticking off

A rugged-looking tackle by Brown on Callaghan brought the full back a ticking off from the referee, and the tenseness of the occasion was showing. Everton took the Iead their title hopes so badly needed after 10 minutes with a fine header by Joe Royle . His first goal in derby games. Kendall, Ball and Harvey combined in midfield to set up the chance, giving Morrissey the opportunity to make for a long cross from far out on the left. Then a fine leap by the young Everton centre forward saw him beat Clemence and send a dipping header just under the bar. Everton came close to a second a couple of minutes later when again Royle rose magnificently, this time to nod down a cross from Brown to Hurst, who slipped before he could get in a shot. Royle was having a fine game against Yeats, and from a long kick upheld by West he neatly controlled the ball, beat the centre half and hit a low cross hard into the Liverpool penalty area. But there was no one up in support. Everton were playing some fine football and were well in control. Liverpool's most dangerous effort so far came when Livermore and Thompson sent Graham racing to the line and Hurst had to turn the ball for a corner with St. John rushing in. Some of the tackling, particularly by Liverpool, was very strong and when Ball went crashing to the ground. Strong was spoken to be the referee. Tommy Wright needed the trainer s attention after he had got in the way of a Hughes' thunderbolt but Liverpool's attempts to fight back were being foiled by a good Everton defence in which Kenyon was doing very well on his first derby. Only a fine fingertip save by Clemence prevented Liverpool going two behind as once again the defence was beaten in the air, this time by Hurst. Twice within a minute on the half hour, Liverpool went close to an equalizer First; Callaghan slipped before he could reach a quickly-taken free kick by St. John, and then West went full-length to parry a shot from Callaghan, after St John had dummied over Graham's cross. 

It became very dark with heavy cloud overhead 10 minutes from half-time, and the referee called for the lights to be put on. If Liverpool had gambled on St John marking Alan'Ball out of the game, the gamble had failed because Ball was popping up here, there and everywhere, prompting Everton's fluid movement. As Liverpool tried to raise their game just before the interval, the Everton defence was put under real pressure for the first time, but Hurst and Kenyon in particular were outstanding.
Strong Booked. Some of Liverpool’s tought tackling culminated in Strong being booked almost on the stroke of half-time after he had sent Whittle crashing to the ground. 

Half-time: Liverpool 0. Everton I.

Everton went in and came out at half-time to chants of "champions” from their fans, and this was as fair a way as any of describing their first half display. Liverpool started the second half on the attack and a powerful burst by Smith, perhaps their best player so far, looked dangerous, but Hurst intercepted. After 48 minutes, Everton got a second goal, this time from Whittle, and again it stemmed from a Brown free kick. Royle again won the ball in the air as the free kick came over, and Harvey collected it on the edge of the penalty area. He tried a shot through the packed bodies in the penalty area, and the ball ricocheted to Whittle, who lifted it into the roof of the net. Smith was the next player to get a lecture from the referee after he had held Ball as the Everton star tried to burst through. Everton's revenge for that earlier 3-0 defeat by Liverpool was almost complete and as they swept downfield in fluent exciting moves always likely to get another.

Liverpool rarely looked dangerous, having very little grip in midfield. Hughes was the next player in trouble with the referee, getting a talking to after a tackle on Kendall. So strong was Everton grip on this game that Liverpool, despite the efforts of Smith and Thompson, could hardly muster a fight back. Liverpool's best chance of this half came after 63 minutes when Graham beat Brown and Kendall and sent a fine cross to the far side of goal to Hughes. He gave Thompson a chance, but his shot was deflected for a corner. From the corner, a shot from Yeats was charged down by Morrissey. After 70 minutes. Liverpool brought on Alun Evans for Peter Thompson, who had touchline attention to his side the stars of this Everton performance were many, but perhaps Ball and Royle must be picked out. For Liverpool it had been a disappointing display. Official attendance 54,496.

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