Liverpool F.C.: Weekly review: December 3, 1894 (Liverpool Mercury)

December 3, 1894
Any impartial spectators who witnessed the game Liverpool v Wolverhampton Wanderers must be of the opinion that the Anfield club was very unfortunate on that occasion. Both sides are to be complimented upon their clever and earnest work. The Wolves made the most of their chances, while the display of grit and determination by the Liverpool team after being placed in the ???hority was well worth witnessing, and had the referee granted a penalty kick when the Wolves backs tripped Malcolm McVean a well-worked-for and thoroughly earned victory would have brought joy to the Liverpool camp.

Matt McQueen is unexcelled between the stick, his clean, sharp, and adroit work placing him in the highest rank as a cool custodian. Andrew Hannah and Duncan McLean made a very safe pair of backs, except on the occasion of the visitors’ second goal, and as usual Hannah was the safer of the two.

John McCartney, after getting through an honest afternoon’s work, marred the performance towards the finish. Joe McQue, as of yore, was the most effective half on the field, and the amount of clever and judicious play performed by him fully entitles him to the honour of being one of the selected team to oppose Sunderland in behalf of the late Nick Ross’s family on Wednesday next at South Shields. John McLean improes with acquaintance, and he, like his comrade on the right, never shirks work.

The whole front rank often worked harmoniously together, but a little rashness by Hugh McQueen and Harry Bradshaw now and then caused the play to become somewhat ragged. McVean towards the finish gave a glimpse of his old self, and his brilliant effort was harshly treated in his not obtaining a goal. Jimmy Ross, Bradshaw, and the quiet, unassuming, yet untiring Davie Hannah, made a clever inside trio, and some of their exploits were worthy of the highest praise. H. McQueen was good, and then faulty, but perhaps his absence from the team accounts for his erratic form.

All round the Wanderers are a heavy, fast, and hard-working team. They never flinch, and being speedy turn to good advantage any slip by their opponents. Their half-backs and backs, unfortunately, are inclined to play the man too much, and to sum up, they can be voted a fortunate team in getting off with one point to their credit out of Saturday’s game.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: December 3, 1894)

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