Liverpool’s three against Wednesday


March 7, 1927
Confidence tells.
Wednesday will have reason to remember their visits to Merseyside during the past week, when they surrendered maximum points to both the Liverpool clubs. At Anfield on Saturday their forwards were clever and combined well, but on the sticky pitch they were a little too classy to be effective against resolute tacklers.

Liverpool, adapting their play to the conditions, were the better side generally, and after scoring in the first minute played with a confidence that carried them through. Hodgson made the point possible by keeping the ball in play and putting across to Chambers, who was unmarked, whilst just at the half-hour Edmed also took toll from Felton by forcing a corner from which Chambers headed direct into goal.

Triumphs for Mackinlay.
The game produced many thrills, none more stirring than a movement which culminated in the third goal for Liverpool twelve minutes after the resumption. Its accomplishment was a personal triumph for Mackinlay, the veteran full-back and captain of the side. After frustrating the intentions of Kirkwood and Hooper by clever interception, just inside the visitors’ half, he collaborated with Chambers, flicked the ball past Walker and raced to deliver a left foot ground shot that completely defeated Brown.

Liverpool reintroduced Jackson at centre-half, and probably both Trotter and Kirkwood would admit that they were up against a great stumbling block. In attack and defence McNab was probably the most effective half-back on view, while McMullan, playing for Bromilow, was constructive in his work and had a successful outing.

Of the forwards, Chambers was the man who set the machinery going. He got good work out of Pither and if Reid weakened after starting well Edmed made amends by speed and trickiness. Hodgson, however, found the ground too holding for his liking.

Resourceful half-backs.
Wednesday’s inside forwards were kept well in check. Strange and Williams paired effectively with Kirkwood, the most thrustful, but the whole line was up agains resourceful half-backs.

Kean was outstanding in the Wednesday intermediate line, which could not hold the Liverpool forwards in the second portion. Lucas and Mackinlay had a fine working arrangement that frustrated the designs of oncoming forwards.

Walker and Felton were sound defenders, though the discounted their work by exploiting off-side. Brown had no chance of saving the goals record against him.

Liverpool: Elisha Scott, Tommy Lucas, Donald Mackinlay, John McNab, James Jackson, David McMullan, Dick Edmed, Gordon Hodgson, Tommy Reid, Harry Chambers, George Pither.
Sheffield Wednesday: Jack Brown, Tommy Walker, Billy Felton, Tony Leach, Fred Kean, Billy Marsden, Mark Hooper, Dan Kirkwood, Jimmy Trotter, Alf Strange, Rees Williams.
(The Athletic News, 07-03-1927)

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