Stirring game at Anfield


December 29, 1919
Liverpool got full compensation for their superior play in the second meeting with Everton at Anfield on Saturday, and were well entitled to their clever win. The attendance was a record one for the season, and although a number of spectators had to be accommodated around the playing pitch, play was rarely interfered with.

Match facts can be found here.

The game was brimful of incident, hard, vigorous football being the order. Liverpool won because they were more business-like and more dashing than their opponents, while they never allowed Everton a chance of developing their game.

Liverpool had the advantage of a strong wind in the first half, the effect of which was seen in the first five minutes, when the force of the wind carried the ball back towards the Everton goal from a goal-kick taken by Fern, Lewis getting possession and scoring the first goal. Fern made an attempt to save the shot, and although he fell full length he was just too late.

Liverpool adopted the right policy, and the wind added strength to their shooting, Long shot from Lewis and Mackinlay were well-directed efforts, but Fern handled the ball cleverly. After fifteen minutes, Millar scored Liverpool’s second goal. Both Weller and Thompson might have cleared, but they let in the Liverpool centre, who went through with a smart run and finished with a fast shot that completely beat Fern.

So far Everton had been compelled to act mainly on the defensive, and the game had been in progress twenty minutes before Campbell handled the ball. Shortly afterwards Liverpool suffered misfortune through Pursell wrenching his thigh.

This necessitated a rearrangement of the side. Mackinlay went to full-back, Lacey to left half-back, and Pursell to outside-right. Although Pursell remained on the field till the end he was of little practical use, as he could scarcely move and was only able to kick the ball when it came to him.

With a balance of two goals against them Everton started the second half in vigorous fashion. The wind had now dropped considerably, so that Everton did not get the same help from this factor that Liverpool fad received.

After Lewis had lifted a grit chance over the bar the Liverpool goal had to stand a lot of hard pressure, and Campbell was only just in time to turn the ball round the post for a corner from an excellent shot by Parker. There was no denying Liverpool’s superiority, and Miller was often on the target with telling drives.

Lewis missed another fine chance when he hesitated to shoot and allowed Thompson to get in a lucky clearance, but Miller made amends by scoring a third point following clever work by H. Wadsworth. Everton came with a spirited attack near the end, and Parker scored from a well-placed corner by Chedgzoy.

Liverpool held a big advantage in defence, and in spite of the mishap to Pursell, the Anfielders’ defence maintained its virility and effectiveness throughout. Longworth has rarely been seen to better effect and Mackinlay was an excellent partner.

Clever work came from the intermediate line, and forwards were trustful and confident. Miller was a live man in the centre; he shot often, and never wasted a chance of penetrating the Everton defence.

In contrast to their rivals, Everton suffered from a weak defence. Fern appeared to be at fault when Miller scored the third goal, and both Weller and Thompson were often outwitted and outpaced.

The half backs worked hard, but they could not make up for the deficiencies of the forward line. There was little cohesion in the attack, and Parker who made his initial appearance in the League team, was hardly a success.

Teams: –
Liverpool: Kenneth Campbell, Ephraim Longworth, Robert Pursell, John Bamber, Walter Wadsworth, Donald Mackinlay, Jack Sheldon, William Lacey, Tom Miller, Harry Lewis, Harold Wadsworth.
Everton: Tommy Fern, Bob Thompson, Louis Weller, William Brown, Billy Wareing, Alan Grenyer, Sam Chedgzoy, Frank Jefferis, Bobby Parker, Bert Rigsby, Joe Donnachie.
(Liverpool Daily Post: December 29, 1919)

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