November 21, 1892
Liverpool did not cover themselves with glory on Saturday in the English Cup tie encounter with Northwich Victoria. The reputation they had built up by their victory over Aston Villa was ruthlessly brought down.
Whatever complaint there was about the ground, and it was wretched enough, Liverpool undoubtedly had the advantage as they were a much heavier team, and, therefore on a heavy-going ground ought to have made a better show. They have not taken the lesson at Blackpool thoroughly to heart yet There the ground was also of a heavy-going nature, and the game was lost by weak passing and shooting, combined with an indifferent defence.
On Saturday the backs were all right, but the forwards were a long way below par. If Liverpool, on these heavy grounds, would go in for a little more wing-to-wing passing and better following up, their success would be more certain.
Jock Smith was a great sinner in this respect, as times without number he hung on to ball either till he was robbed or he got so close to John Miller and Thomas Wyllie that the two men were in one another’s road, and the opportunity of a good opening thrown away.
The McQueens (Matt McQueen and Hugh McQueen) were greatly missed, as their understudies were out of form altogether. The backs and half backs played well, but Duncan McLean should not wander so far up the field from which the first goal was obtained.
The forwards were not concerted in their movements at all, and great blame must be attached to them for their indifference in following up. Against them on Saturday, barring one attempt by Miller, the goalkeeper’s position was a sinecure.
Of the home team, they are a smart lot, but would not probably beat Liverpool under ordinary conditions. Their style of play was exactly suited for the state of the ground. By their long passes and kicks, which were well followed up, they made good headway.
John Gow, the old Rovers’ goalkeeper, played grandly, as did two other Blackburians – Harry Fecit and Josh Hargreaves – while William Crozier was a regular Goliath at centre half.
(Liverpool Mercury: November 21, 1892)