March 9, 1907
Liverpool losing ground at Manchester.
Everton have filled the eyes so completely of late that I fear my Anfield friends will feel inclined to charge me with blind partisanship unless there is a speedy amending of the ways. Still I should have treated Liverpool just as lavishly in like ease.
Their most recent visit to Cottonopolis looked for all the world like ending as did their preceding visit – when at Clayton a goalless draw was the order on Christmas Day. But Bob Grieve made an eleventh-hour shot which found a fatal loophole and thus Liverpool lost two further points compared with last season on one of their especially happy hunting grounds.
Earlier in the game the Anfielders had successfully staved off a penalty shot, taken by George Dorsett. Liverpool this season have been mulcted in more penalties than any other First League club, and the thought isn’t pleasing.
Apropos their game with the City, the Reds were not viewed in a favourable light, although the Mancunians were equally disappointing. The wing half-backs were weak, and Percy Saul inclined to run too many risks. Forward William Macpherson gave a sterling show, but none of the remainder gave satisfaction, and the City custodian’s duties were far lighter than was good for his opponents’ reputations.
With Sam Hardy on the injured list Ned Doig called the breach as at Owlerton, and filled it splendidly, his saving of the penalty being a prime feature. Billy Dunlop was the sounder back, and of halves only James Gorman approached his usual form.
Something much better was required from the Reds middle-line to-day if Liverpool meant to avert defeat at Owlerton. As mentioned, Macpherson’s manipulation stood out by itself in the forward rank. John Cox and Sam Raybould found the Dorsett-Hill combination most difficult to overcome; nor was Arthur Goddard as sprightly as usual Joe Hewitt figured in the centre once again, but did not quite show up in last season’s colours, when he had a great time and registered the one goal of the game at Hyde Road.
(Source: Cricket and Football Field: March 9, 1907)