Liverpool improved but lost again

Tuesday, October 11 – 1910
A meeting of Liverpool and Everton, no matter what the circumstances, is always attractive, and yesterday enthusiasts turned up goodly numbers, considering that it was a Monday afternoon game, and the attendance of 9,800 must be considered satisfactory. The receipts amounted to £261, which was the best game of the day.

Although it could not be compared to a League encounter – the players not being too keen – there were many interesting movements, and, on the whole, I fancy the play might have been worse. Certainly there was life in the proceedings for a considerable portion of the first half, but the goal was a long time coming, and really everyone had put the game down as a pointless draw, when in the last minute the Everton left wing advanced, and after good play by Mountford the Liverpool defence was caught napping, and Gourlay defeated Hardy with a brilliant shot, and thus won the game. The “Reds,” therefore, had to acknowledge once more at the hands of Everton.

Things are becoming serious at Anfield. The Livers have not won a League match on their own ground, and yesterday they could not win the cup tie. I am not sure whether the Livers will be sorry they are out of the Lancashire Cup, but certainly they will be more free to devote their whole attention to the more serious business of improving their League position.

There was not much between the sides, and play was fairly even throughout, each end being visited in turn. The defences on either side stood out above the respective forward lines, the halves and backs defending in able fashion. The Blues were perhaps stronger forward, where I was pleased to see Freeman improve on his display of Saturday. The centre put in one or two shots of first rate quality, whilst his general work led one to believe that he will yet come back to his true form.

Sandy Young’s (Alex Young) shooting was extraordinary. He put the ball on the top of the stand on one occasion, whilst on two other occasions he fired high up into the midst of the “Spion Kop.” Sandy, however, kept the ball low on two occasions, and it was fortunate for the “Reds” that a defender was in the way.

Gourlay was the best forward, and his goal was a fitting termination to a clever display. The Port Glasgow man is settling down nicely, and I do not think Everton can improve on him at either inside right or left.

Mountford was not the least effective of the line, and with a little more judgment this player would make a capital winger. But with Turner at his best, there is no room for him in the league team. Harris and R. Young were good halves, and Llew Davies demonstrated his ability in a marked manner. In this young player Everton have secured a most promising recruit. Maconnachie, Balmer, and Scott were equal to all the calls made upon them, “Mac,” who captained the side, playing his usual brilliant game.

More attention perhaps was centred on the play of the Livers in view of the experiments which were tried in the endeavour to find a winning combination. Dealing with the defence first, I must say that I liked the tactics of Longworth and Crawford. The pair were reliable and kicked and tackled in good style.

Hardy in goal was as good as ever, and I feel that the directors would do well to try the same rear division on Saturday against Bristol City. Longworth is improving rapidly, and Crawford appears to be the best partner for the ex-Leyton man.

The half-back experiment, too, worked well. Harrop, although rather inclined to wander into the centre, looked after the Everton right wing in his usual accomplished style, and, in addition, he served his forwards with accurate low passes. He will, I am sure, adapt himself to the position. Peake in the centre is all right, but I would advise the inclusion of Chorlton at right half-back. Robinson is a hard worker I know, and he played a good game yesterday; but he is not altogether suited by the dry ground, and it would, I am sure, be a move in the right direction if the fair haired half-back was kept in reserve for the heavy grounds and in the meantime give Chorlton a trial in the half back line.

With this half-back line the forwards could depend upon better support. Certainly it is about time the Liverpool club was settling down to business. The season is getting on and not a win has yet been gained at Anfield.

Uren is another player who is worth trying. He finished strongly yesterday, and several of his shots were only inches high. He has a capital knowledge of wing play, and can centre with accuracy. Gilligan was not a success in the centre, but Brough and Goddard worked hard, but Stewart was not as prominent as he usually is on the right.

The game was not marked by any serious injuries, but one noticed Brough and R. Young showing ill temper on one occasion. This incident aroused the ire of a spectator in front of the press box, who amused those in the vicinity by his running comments on the play. Obviously a “Red” – he became extremely quiet when Gourlay scored the winning goal
(Evening Express, 11-10-1910)

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