Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers 2-2 (League match: September 22, 1894)

September 22, 1894
Key note: “The Rovers were the best on the ball in open field and were more than a match for their opponents in point of scientific play. They were rather rash near goal, and lost many good chances. The defence was pretty well taxed at the close of the second half, but they faced the ordeal stubbornly, both backs showing pretty tactics. Their front rank lacked the combination of last week, and Cleghorn was not the stronghold of a week ago. Liverpool made some good assaults but they lacked cohesion in the forward, and consequently lost their best chances. In the second half, however, they improved a lot, and their short passing completely routed the Rovers’ backs. They frequently got close up to goal, where Brandon played a brilliant defence. The whole halves broke up the opposing forwards repeatedly. McCann’s defence in goal was superb at times, one shot from Sorley being particularly well disposed of. The Rovers, however, had the best of the game, and ought to have won handsomely.” (Lancashire Evening Post: September 22, 1894)

Match: Football League, First Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:45.
Liverpool – Blackburn Rovers 2-2 (0-1).
Attendance: 14,000.
Referee: Mr. T, Helme.
Liverpool (2-3-5): William McCann, Andrew Hannah (C), Duncan McLean, John McCartney, Joe McQue, Matt McQueen, John Drummond, Malcolm McVean, Jimmy Ross, Harry Bradshaw, Hugh McQueen.
Blackburn Rovers (2-3-5): Adam Ogilvie, Tom Brandon, Jimmy Forrest, Geordie Dewar, Geordie Anderson (C), Tom Cleghorn, Harry Chippendale, James Whitehead, Jim Stuart, Coombe Hall, Jock Sorley.
The goals: 0-1 Stuart (10 min.), 1-1 McVean (50 min., assist: Ross), 2-1 H. McQueen (54 min.), 2-2 Whitehead.


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