January 2, 1893
The severe pegging back received at the hands of Blackpool has not been without its effect upon the Anfield Road players. Since that memorable day they have won two League matches, defeated a Second Division League team, and made a friendly draw with Southport Central. The match on Boxing Day with Sheffield United created great interest, as was shown by the much improved attendance, and – en passant – if the Liverpool committee can only cater for the public taste, by placing such closely contested games before them, they may rest assured as to ultimate success.
Both teams were fully represented, and from the very start the interest was aroused and maintained throughout the game. Each goalkeeper was called upon in turn, but the attacks of the home forwards towards the end were more incisive than those of the “Blades.”
The back play on either side was really good, Bob Cain being prominent. Matt McQueen, at half, outshone all others, while Malcolm McVean and John Miller on one side and John Drummond and Harry Hammond on the other, were most vigorous in their attacks upon the respective goals.
The match on Tuesday was a very quiet affair, both teams turning out short of their usual representatives. The result – a draw of two goals each – seemed to give great jubilation to the “Sandgrounders.” Joe McQue, at centre-half, played a most judicious game, while Tom Smith for Southport, performed great feats at back, and deserves special mention.
(Source: Athletic News: January 2, 1893)