Beaten in the last minute

Monday, September 19 – 1910
Now what of our share of the spoils on Saturday? Well, one point out of possible four as the result of the Mersey teams’ endeavours in not too encouraging, but we must be thankful for small mercies during these strenuous times.

Enthusiasts in this city are getting rather used to the up and down nature of the results, but it was certainly most disappointing to see the Livers beaten for the second time before their own supporters.

After the Bradford City defeat came the triumph at Blackburn, but on Saturday came another fall, and the enthusiastic supporters of the club saw their favourites beaten when everyone of those present had put the game down as a draw.

The match began and finished in sensational style, for the play had only been in progress a minute when Brough opened the score, whilst it was in the last minute that Morris worked through in really clever fashion to put on the winning goal.

Beaten in the last minute. It was hard luck in one way, but really Liverpool had themselves to blame, for opportunities occurred for the “Reds” to win the game, whilst the slackness of the defence was the mean of providing the Forest with more than one of their goals.

On the whole it was a good game, in which the spectators were roused to high pitch of excitement at times, for there were several movements of a brilliant nature, but the shakiness of the Liverpool defence always gave the impression that the “Reds” goal might fall at any moment against a clever line of forwards, who knew exactly where the goal lay.

I thought the Forest were the better side on the whole, their forwards being cleverer and more dashing than their opponents, whilst the halves and backs were safe.

One is inclined to ask what is the matter with Liverpool? True, the sun bothered them considerably in the opening half, but this did not wholly account for the display of the backs.

Neither Crawford nor Chorlton kicked with certainty, and it was hesitating play on their part which enabled the Forest to get their second goal, and I am not at all sure that the first point ought to have been prevented.

Ford appeared to go through very easily when he scored the first goal. It is a long time since I saw Chorlton so unsteady. At times the backs did well enough, but there were unaccountable lapses which proved fatal.

The halves were not at their best either. Harrop has yet to reach the standard of efficiency which he himself has set, whilst Robinson and McConnell, although working hard, were not over successful.  McConnell sustained a stunning blow from the ball in the first half which undoubtedly affected his play. He improved in the second half.

And what of the forwards? Well, to tell the truth, the line is not working as smoothly as it ought to do. Orr and Macdonald are not as smart as they were, and I fancy the winger is too fond of holding the ball too long, and the sooner he gets out of this fault the better it will be for himself and his club.

Orr appears to have lost his goal scoring ability. He missed at least two openings on Saturday in the second half, which had he been in his true form he would not have allowed to slip away.

Parkinson was too well watched to do anything, but the right wing was exceedingly good. One of the most gratifying features of the game was the promising form shown by Brough, the young Burslem player, who, in my opinion, was one of the most accomplished players on the field.

It was a pity that two of his movements were not finished in stronger fashion, or he would have scored more goals than the one he obtained in the first minute.

In the first half he got clean through, and with only Hassell to beat he looked a scorer all over, but he sent in a rather tame shot at the finish, and Hassell dropped on the ball with a group of players round him. Hassel, however, cleared at he finish.

It was an exciting incident, and Brough must have been disappointed at his failure. Nevertheless the recruit proved himself a rare worker. He is every inch a footballer, and Liverpool have undoubtedly made a capture.

Brough proved an excellent partner to Goddard, the pair working very well together. Brough’s dash and cleverness greatly pleased the onlookers.
(Evening Express, 19-09-1910)

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