September 22, 1941
Manchester City were a well-beaten team in a match of changing fortunes and productive of fast, keen, exhilarating football all through. Liverpool were two goals ahead after 22 minutes, per Cyril Done and Dick Dorsett, but the City drew level through Hugh O’Donnell’s penalty and a fine goal from Jimmy Parlane, the Queen’s Park amateur. The result, however, was never in doubt.
Done bagged another two to give the Reds the points and an average of four goals a match this season.
The main difference was in attack, where the Reds kept the ball moving from wing to wing speedily and accurately and crowned their approach with dynamic finishing. The City forwards kept the ball far too close.
Yes, and that played right into the hands of big Tom Bush – skipper to celebrate his return – who made Liverpool’s young defence a really fine combination. He held the youngsters together and gave them confidence. Yes, the City were in the Bush-es all right.
Take young Charlie Fazackerley at right back. Opposed to Hugh O’Donnell he gave a grand display, and I thought him the best player on the field. The presence of Bush made both Fazackerley and Ray Lambert operate with confidence and thoroughness, and so with the wing halves, Harry Kaye and Eddie Spicer.
With the rear-guard playing so well small wonder the forwards gave us so much over which to enthuse. Maybe Billy Liddell has been better with his finishing, but Cyril Done was devastating in front of goal, and Dick Dorsett and Jimmy McInnes did any amount of fetching and carrying. Stan Palk revealed further encouraging progress, and behind them all Alf Hobson was without blemish. Yes, a satisfying Liverpool display, and who will say now that the Reds cannot find a centre-forward after seeing big Cyril Done?
(Evening Express: September 22, 1941)