Quick blows felled Everton
Fade-Out Everton Fault
By Ernest Edwards (Bee)
The inquest provides argument, little help therefore, and final judgement that the better team won. Everton appealed against the veto of an opening score by Wainwright. This veto will provide argument for the enthusiasts for many weeks. Therefore, let us tackle first things first. Anyone in the Press box could have no real judgement upon an offside decision. The angle is preposterous, the distance merely provokes debate and without a photograph no one near the far end of the grandstand is competent to judge the case, albert he is entitled to his opinion. I offer none, because by good fortune, I met a former player who happened to be well placed. He said “Eglington was offside. If the referee had placed the free kick further to the left instead of in the goal area the crowd would have understood, I am an Everton fan but I must confess that offside was the correct decision.” The referee’s name was Law. His decision was law. It is in favour of the Everton claim, that the goal was a just one that no Liverpool player appealed in the course of the goal being made. And some defenders are awfully appealing.
The game could have produced a penalty, if Liddell had not kept his feet. He was tripped slipped, yet kept a chance of shooting, so the referee exercised his judgement and let him proceed to his shot (to the side of the netting). Had Liddell fallen, a penalty kick must have been the punishment. And who, pray, was this young man tripping his way beyond? None other than Eglington, whose great pace had carried him back to aid his defenders stem a right wing advance. The thought of a winger risking concession of a penalty is uncommon, though not unique. Everton played with verve and combined effort for thirty minutes. One could not picture them fading. Yet, it is not a new feature off their game. The second half appears to find the flaw in their stamina. For some time their second-half display has shown them lacking stamina and bite. Fielding tried as extreme right winger, did more than anyone in the first hour to cross chances to his comrades. Stevenson, in similar manner worked himself out to capable co-attackers to take up where he left off when he and Fielding left off the path for others was strewn with potential glory –if they had punch. It was here Catterick, so earnest and full of endeavour fell into the lap of that astute young man Hughes. Wainwright was playing as if rather worn by Army life and travel, and needing a rest. The Irish boy Eglington linked up with his compatriot almost to the point of slavishness, but needs a sharper collection of the ball and a more immediate step towards progressive football. Delays make heroes of men like the able Jones. Lambert, Hughes and others of the Liverpool faith such as Taylor and Paisley.
Sealed by Taylor
Taylor started in minor key, but pulling out the diapason stops in the second half, set seal on the side’s victory. When Taylor and Paisley begin to keep the ball, to earth and move it to unmarked forwards, Liverpool begin to prosper. The forwards are forced to the attack by such examples. On the losing side Tom Jones returned, after too long an absence, and charmed with his precise grits for deadening a ball and making a pass to his comrades with complete sand froid and perfect timing. If he had not been in his prime style Everton would have conceded a larger margin because the backs were “passable.” Wounds cannot be healed without searching, so I suggest that adulation has led some players beyond their proper station in football life. The green for Everton has turned to red and they must study their defensive and forward situation before the side cam touch the heights. Changing the abet does not change the substance. Fielding’s place is at inside-forward. The lack of punch became obvious when his surprise shot had to be delivered from the touchline region. Hail the conquerors. Each goal was of different pattern and of glittering conclusion. Priday (most improved footballer in the city), was being beggen for a pass by his half-back –he heard him not and went ahead to centre. Priday has a booting power almost equal to that of Liddell and the ball sped knee-high towards goal. Balmer was there to meet it. I imagine the 66,000 would call Balmer’s flickering ankle, glide as “tinged with the luck that may come to a luckless forward.” That would be usual –it was a stroke of genius that enabled him to force the ball, obliquely, behind the startled Sagar. A notable goal.
Number two came from illustrious and industrious Stubbins, who won a duel with Fielding (each master of feint and finesse) and went on, and on, as though certain to make a stride too, many, yet controlling the ball cleverly and edging it forward to an empty goal. Sagar having been lured out. A striking goal -50 seconds after the opening goal time.
Number three came to the quiescent Fagan, whose shot struck the foot of the post (Fielding had struck the top angle with a great shot) before it swerved over the line. Everton dazzle had left them. They had trodden on the Liverpool serpent and goalkeeper Sidlow had made the win possible by a one hand save from Stevenson, while Greenhalgh saved Everton by kicking from the goalline when a corner promised the first goal. Although Everton were never demoralised, Liverpool finally played so fluidly the loser’s were just not in the hunt in a game far from classic yet productive of much good stuff and some talks between the referee, Greenhalgh and Liddell. The better team won, the better stayers won, the better collective machinery got through a defence which was opened wide in spite of Sagar’s and Jones convincing displays. In the last stages of play Sagar was superb, but it was a case of love’s labour lost.
Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Watson, Jones (TG) and Farrell, half-backs; Fielding, Wainwright, Catterick, Stevenson, and Eglington, forwards. Liverpool; Sidlow, goal; Jones and Lambert, backs; Taylor, Hughes, and Paisley, half-backs; Liddell, Balmer, Stubbins, Fagan, and Priday, forwards. Referee; Mr. S.E. Law (West Bromwich).
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