No wins in six games for lacklustre Tranmere

Tranmere visited Walsall in the West Midlands this evening at the Bescot Stadium for a 7pm kick off.

This fixture comes after a disappointing draw against struggling Scunthorpe on Saturday.  Prior to kick-off, Tranmere were placed at 4th position in League Two on 65 points.

Walsall were unbeaten in their last five games. They were ar 20th position in the division before today’s game.

Match Report – League 2 – Walsall 1, Tranmere Rovers 0

https://twitter.com/WFCOfficial/status/1382015728073601027

The first 20 minutes or so of the game was in Tranmere’s control. Sadly, most of the remaining 70 minutes were not. Tranmere now face an uphill battle to gain an automatic promotion place, with no wins in their last six games.

Emmanuel Osadebe’s 25-yard goal at 70 minutes put paid to the visitor’s chances of coming away with any points. Just a few minutes later, Jay Spearing’s sending off for a second bookable offence sealed the deal for Walsall.

Josh Gordon had Walsall’s first chance on goal at 12 minutes with another 25-yard shot that Rovers goalkeeper Joe Murphy easily pushed away.

Osedebe’s goal for Walsall wasn’t the first proper chance they had. At 52 minutes, Tranmere goalie Joe Murphy expertly finger-tipped over a close-range Josh Gordon header.

The Tranmere man between the sticks was a mere spectator when Osadebe’s powerful shot, in off the crossbar, sent Walsall ahead.

Tranmere host Salford City on Saturday 17 April for a 12.30pm kick-off in their next League 2 game.

Matt Hibbert’s thoughts…

An abysmal display away at Walsall sees us lose 1-0 and with that, kiss goodbye to any hopes of making the top 3.

The way we are playing right now we’re in real danger of missing out on the playoffs too, and even if we somehow scrape into the top 7, on current form we wouldn’t stand a chance.

I have no idea what’s going on with this squad of players but they’re a shadow of the same lot who were flying 6 weeks ago.

Matt Hibbert – Presenter, This is Tranmere Podcast

Matt Hibbert, Paul Harper and Jake Keogh present the “This is Tranmere” podcast available on Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts & Spotify with post-match reaction for every Tranmere game. #TRFC #SWA

These are the links to the Scunthorpe v Tranmere podcast:
Soundcloud
Apple podcasts
Spotify

These fans express their opinion on today’s game…

Walsall
13 Jack Rose
18 Tom Leak
3 Max Melbourne
5 James Clarke (C)
4 Mat Sadler
20 Sam Perry
27 Tyreik Wright
8 Liam Kinsella
22 Rory Holden
23 Emmanuel Osadebe
10 Josh Gordon

Substitutes
1 Liam Roberts
2 Cameron Norman
12 Alfie Bates
15 Wesley McDonald
28 Frank Vincent
9 Caolan Lavery
11 Derick Osei Yaw

Manager
Brian Duttin

Referee
Ollie Yates

www.tranmererovers.co.uk/

Tranmere Rovers
13 Joe Murphy
17 Otis Khan
18 Calum MacDonald
26 Peter Clarke (C)
6 Emmanuel Monthe
8 Jay Spearing
19 Liam Feeney
22 Paul Lewis
15 Alister Crawford
28 David Nugent
14 Kaiyne Woolery

Substitutes
30 Ben Jones
2 Lee O’Connor
21 George Ray
3 Liam Ridehalgh
35 Danny Lloyd
7 Kieron Morris
9 James Vaughan

Manager
Keith Hill

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