Too much crash


May 10, 1943
Liverpool lost on Saturday because they shunned pre-conceived football methods for smash-and-grab tactics. They seemed content simply to bang the ball up the middle and give chase in the hope of a quick shot landing in the net. And crash and bash methods were playing right into the hands of a superb United defence. Another Liverpool fault was a tendency to wait for the ball to come to them instead of going to the ball in the United manner.

Manchester were a yard quicker to possession and when they got it they did things with it, holding to draw the man and create the open space, and then passing to it. One triangular move by the Liverpool right wing about summed up the Reds’ contributions to the richer things in football. For the rest they were out of touch and lacking in rhythm.

Defensive mistakes gave United goals by Stan Pearson and Alf Bellis in the first half, to which Berry Nieuwenhuys replied with a grand hit-it-on-the-run shot. Jack Rowley got the only second-half goal in a game disappointing to Liverpool, but wholly satisfying to the soccer students, of whom there were 12,117 present, paying £730.

Outstanding in a Liverpool never touching form were Cyril Done, the game’s greatest-hearted trier, and George Jackson, while Jack Griffiths, Stan Pearson, Johnny Morris and Herb Whalley were Mancunians who delighted with their arts. Pearson was superlative. Yes, Liverpool. Saturday’s task is a big one, but you have overcome more difficult problems this season.
(Evening Express: May 10, 1943)

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