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Match Preview: Walsall

23 September 2022

After a midweek penalty shootout victory over League One side Bolton Wanderers, Tranmere return to league action with a trip to Walsall on Saturday afternoon.

It’s the first league game since Rovers got back to winning ways with a 1-0 away win over Salford City at the Peninsula Stadium thanks to a strike from Josh Hawkes in the first half.

With a much needed away win and clean sheet, it’s something Rovers will look to build on as they’re back on their travels to the Bescot Stadium.

As for the hosts, after winning their opening two games of the season against Hartlepool and Newport County respectively, the Sadlers have struggled to pick up results since then, without a single win in all competitions since 9th August.

Team News:

Kieron Morris got 45 minutes under his belt in midweek and came out of that unscathed.

Kyle Jameson and Luke Robinson both returned to training this week and may be in contention to feature on the bench if required.

Tom Davies, Charlie Jolley and Joel Mumbongo remain sidelined. 

One to Watch: Danny Johnson 

At the age of 29, Danny Johnson picked up experience in non-league and aboard before making the jump into the football league with Cardiff. He played four games for Tranmere as part of a short loan spell before spending the rest of that campaign at Stevenage.

In 2015, he signed for Gateshead in a move which lasted thee years where he made over 100 appearances. He then spent a couple of seasons in Scotland before moving back South of the border with Leyton Orient.

Now a Mansfield player on loan at Walsall, he’s made an impressive start to the season in front of goal, already scoring six goals in nine League Two games this campaign.

Manager: Michael Flynn

Appointed head coach in February earlier this year, he’d spent four-and-a-half years as Newport County manager, reaching the League Two play-off finals twice with his hometown club.

His playing career lasted just short of two decades with his longest spells coming at Bradford City and three respective spells with Newport.

He moved straight into management with Newport after retiring in 2018, where he saw some brilliant and successful times at Rodney Parade before moving to Walsall. His first game in charge of the Sadlers saw them end Forest Green Rovers 19-game unbeaten run with a 1-0 away win.

He finished the season with a 16th-placed finish but after a poor month last month, he’ll be looking to get Walsall back on track with a home contest with Micky Mellon’s side.

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You can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report. 

Twitter: @tranmererovers 

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Instagram: @tranmererovers 

Match reaction from Micky Mellon and a player will follow on our website and YouTube channel.

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Match Reports

Walsall 0-1 Tranmere Rovers

24 September 2022

Tranmere Rovers picked up their second away in the space on a week on Saturday afternoon after a dramatic win against Walsall at the Poundland Bescot Stadium.

A last gasp that Elliott Nevitt winner in front of the travelling Tranmere contingent was enough to send Micky Mellon’s men back to The Wirral with all three points.

The opening exchanges were fairly uneventful with both sides feeling their way into the game with a both sides putting crosses into the box but to no avail.

Danny Johnson’s volley from the edge of the box was the first shot on target after 11 minutes. His effort was deflected comfortably into the hands of Ross Doohan in the Rovers goal.

Rovers had to be on their toes once again to clear away a dangerous free kick from the left which dropped inside the six yard box but Kane Hemmings was alive to the danger to hack the ball away under pressure.

On the 20th minute, Rhys Hughes picked up the ball in space on the right and found the marauding Dacres-Cogley on the overlap but his cross to the back post was cleared.

With Tranmere enjoying more of the ball as the half went on, McAlear found a pocket of space and tried to loft a ball through to Hemmings but the ball skidded off the surface and Evans was off his line to collect.

Just before the break Walsall fashioned a good opportunity but couldn’t take it. Allen overlapped down to the left and had time to pick out a team mate in the box but the red shirts in the box weren’t on the same wavelength and the Rovers defence cleared the cut back.

Tranmere came out quickly after the break with Chris Merrie driving forward and feeding Dacres-Cogley who drove his shot low but was denied by Evans.

The Saddlers probed forward themselves next when Tom Knowles threaded a ball to Liam Gordon arriving at the back post but Doohan was off his line quickly to narrow the angle and force him wide.

The resulting corner almost resulted in the opening goal. The front post corner was flicked on before a header in the six yard box was kept out by Doohan to keep the game goalless.

On the 77th minute, Hemmings’ swerving shot was parried by Evans into a dangerous area but Clarke was well placed to clear.

Rovers had the momentum now and came close to an opener with five minutes left. Bristow’s corner was met by Turnbull at the back post who forced Evans into just about tipping over his bar.

As the game entered added time, Jacob Maddox had a chance to snatch it late on. He was played into space inside the box but sliced his shot at the pivotal moment and couldn’t hit the target.

Walsall would rue that missed chance as Rovers pushed forward. A patient build up ended up in Kieron Morris finding space and shooting powerfully from the edge of the box before Elliott Nevitt was there to head the rebound home in the 95th minute and send the SWA into raptures.

As soon as the game restarted, the referee blew for full time and Tranmere took all three points to cap off a successful week all round.

Tranmere team: Doohan, Dacres-Cogley, Simeu, Turnbull, Bristow, Hughes (Morris 45’), Merrie, McAlear, Hawkes, Lewis (Nevitt 60’), Hemmings

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