Liverpool showed great improvement


Monday, November 7 – 1910
The Liverpool team at Middlesbrough on Saturday provided the form which last season landed them within measurable distance of championship honours.

They had to be content, however, with a division of the spoils, but if the finishing touches of their dashing attack had been more accurate they might easily have claimed a very creditable victory.

As it was, they were the first team to obtain a point this season at Middlesbrough.

Not only have Liverpool this satisfaction, but they are also entitled to the credit of being the only side which has twice penetrated the capable defence of the Tees-siders.

There was evidently a better understanding between all sections of the side, and undoubtedly on Saturday’s display Liverpool are a team which will have to be seriously considered in future games.

Hitherto both dash and finish have been lacking: the former difficulty has been overcome, and with a similar improvement in the other all-important direction much better results must be forthcoming.

A continuance of Saturday’s form will surely place them in a position in the table which their undoubted merit justifies.

Indeed, is it too much to anticipate a repetition of that wonderful series of successes some seasons ago, when after a woefully bad start they were hailed as champions?

Incidents of play.
Opposite methods were in operation in Saturday’s game. While the “Borough” team from first to last indulged in close forward play, the Reds swung the ball about, and by their persistent dash often placed the home defenders in difficulties.

Had they been sufficiently steady when in good position they must have tarnished the home side’s record, for on the chances that were opened out the Reds ought to have been good enough for an additional couple of goals at least.

Play had only been in progress five minutes when McClure completed a capital effort from Gibson by breasting the ball past Hardy, but the Anfielders were not disconcerted by the reverse, and later on Goddard, who took the ball almost to the line, scored a somewhat curious goal.

He had to allow for the wind, and from an almost impossible position the ball curled round to the far post, and though Williamson managed to reach it, it travelled into the net.

In the second half Liverpool were distinctly the better side, and though Elliott put the home team ahead, Bowyer equalised from a clever sprint and centre by Goddard.

Orr just missed, as also did Parkinson by the merest shave, and probably none welcomed the final whistle more than did the Teessiders, who were fortunate indeed to share the honours.

The players.
Where all did well there is no injustice in singling out certain players who especially distinguished themselves.

The captain, Arthur Goddard, played absolutely his best game of the season. Not only did he score an exceptional finale goal, but aided largely by the masterful attention of Ronald Orr, he was always a thorn in the side of the opposing defence. Orr’s usefulness and judgment were greatly in evidence.

Another outstanding figure was Longworth. Much has been written about this player’s capabilities, and on his Saturday’s display he justified all the expectations of the best judges of the game.

Throughout the whole ninety minutes the ex-Leyton back never made a mistake in tactics, and he was invariably helping his attack whenever the opportunity presented itself.

Harrop, too, was at his best, and with both Robinson and McConnell in happy mood the Middlesbrough forwards were given little chance of shining.

Bowyer, although finishing at times moderately, infused a refreshing spirit of earnestness into the front line, which as constituted on Saturday may be relied upon to worthily sustain the reputation of the Anfield-club.

Both Hardy and Crawford gave sound displays, and in view of the general improvement in all sections there should be satisfactorily results to record if the same eleven are called upon to carry the colours of the Liverpool club.
(Evening Express, 07-11-1910)

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