January 16, 1893
In the return League fixture with West Manchester, on Saturday the play of Liverpool was very disappointing, and although the condition of the ground heavily handicapped the players from making anything like a first-class display, the home team created a better impression than did the visitors.
That the game was fairly balanced is indicated by the result, but the home forwards were more dangerous than those of their opponents, simply on account of the “go” they infused in their play, and Sydney Ross had to be thoroughly on the alert at times to stave off defeat. Andrew Hannah and Duncan McLean played fairly well, the latter kicking very powerfully throughout, but at times became over anxious to assist his forwards, and, consequently, left his own position vacant, giving Bridge numerous chances of leading up an attack upon Ross, which that individual took full advantage of, but thanks to untiring watchfulness on the part of the three halves, danger was always averted.
The forwards again were not in trim. They have lost the cohesion so noticeable at the early part of the season, and they would certainly add to their utility if they would follow up more. Hugh McQueen played a dashing game in the first half, but was badly supported. Matt McQueen worked hard but wandered about too much for a forward, and several times John Miller’s and Thomas Wyllie’s passes were lost through his being out of position. Malcolm McVean is not quite recovered from his illness, and so his play suffered somewhat.
Russell and his confrere Burrows (who at one time played for Everton on the outside right under the name of Shaw) were a very safe pair of backs who left very little work to Frank Sugg. The home halves were not so skillful as those of Liverpool.
Of the forwards Bridge was far away the best man, his fast runs always being a source of danger. Tom Iddon and Bogie deserve mention.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: January 16, 1893)