October 18, 1943
The return “derby” game, at Anfield was just as big a triumph for Liverpool as the first; in fact I preferred their latest successes, for Everton were in better form, yet they were beaten by a greater margin – 5-2-and Liverpool were undoubtedly that much better.
Liverpool won once again because they played the open game, kept the ball moving swiftly, and shot whenever there was a semblance of a chance. Their football lost none of its skill by the open method employed. Liverpool ate up ground by a single pass, but Everton took two often three to make half as much ground. Another big factor in Liverpool’s success was that they played five forwards, whereas Everton exaggerated “W” formation tied them down to three forwards and this was not sufficient to break down the strong Liverpool defence.
It was grand to see the Liverpool men covering one another, leaving few loopholes. Everton, as last week opened on a good note but it was Liverpool who showed then how to snap up chances, and within three minutes they had taken the lead. The frills and fancies were not for them. They wanted goals and went after them, but they were helped in that the Everton defence was not at its best. T. G. Jones for the second Saturday running was uncommonly out of touch with the game, but nevertheless Everton struck back and within four minutes had squared matters through McIntosh, who thus wiped out Harley’s goal.
It was a thrilling opening, and with the game running along on fast lines, goals incidents were often and thrilling, but Liverpool’s shooting was more dangerous than that of Everton’s.
Everton ran into a spell when their passes persisted in going wrong, often through ill-fortune and eventually Liverpool’s power drives were rewarded. Done has never played better than in these two “Derby” games. He started and ended the second goal, but Balmer’s final pass to him was just the sort that Done desires and his shot went flashing into the net at 23 minutes.
Balmer almost followed suit a minute later. Burnett saving cleverly. Everton were still fighting every inch of the way, but there was not the punch in their attack, although McIntosh netted again, only to have the goal disallowed for an infringement. Four minutes from the interval Done returned the compliment to Ballmer by putting the ball across for him to crack it into the net.
Everton had altered the formation of their side considerably, and Caskie did some clever things at outside left, but his colleagues were not up to finish off the work. It was grand fare the players put before the crowd of 25,000 and the latter showed their appreciation.
Four minutes after the restart the Everton defence stopped playing in the belief that Harley was offside. He was not and he bounced forward to make a close centre from which Nieuwenhuys turned the ball into the net. Everton were not done with, for Stevenson come along with a goal at the hour, and for a while they promised well, but the Liverpool defence was not to be caught napping.
Bentham made two near misses and McIntosh challenged Hobson unsuccessfully, but with ten minutes to go Harley broke through and his perfect centre was headed with perfection to the back of the net by Balmer. It was Liverpool’s team work, their speed and shooting ability allied to some streaky Everton defence that enabled them to bring off the double against their city friends.
Here is the order of scoring:
McIntosh (7 mins);
Done (23 mins);
Balmer (41 mins);
Liverpool: Alf Hobson, Jack Westby, Jeff Gulliver, Harry Kaye, Laurie Hughes, Jack Pilling, Jim Harley, Jack Balmer, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Cyril Done, Alf Hanson.
Everton: George Burnett, Jack Jones, Norman Greenhalgh, Stan Bentham, Tommy Jones, Billy Hallard, Fred Roberts, Jimmy Caskie, George Murphy, Alex Stevenson, Jimmy McIntosh.
Referee: Mr. H. Holt of Rochdale.
(Source: Liverpool Daily Post: October 18, 1943)