Tranmere hosted Leyton Orient today in their latest fixture in the 2022/23 League Two season.
Leyton Orient came into the game at the top of the table, but have won just one game from the last four, including a 3-0 defeat last weekend away at Stevenage.
Ahead of the game, Micky Mellon said, “It’s such a difficult league. Before, we’ve drawn too many and competed in most games. There’s been a few disappointing results and we get that, but on the whole, we’ve been competitive, and we’ve been the better team in a few.
“But it’s a competitive league and you know that everyone is so close together in the table, so Saturday will be no different. We are really looking forward to Saturday and we just need a game!”
Match Report: Tranmere Rovers v Leyton Orient
|Tranmere Rovers 1||v||0 Leyton Orient|
|Beckles (82′ og)||Goals|
Tranmere benefited from an own goal by Leyton Orient at Prenton Park this afternoon giving them a well-deserved win over the league leaders.
The own goal by Omar Beckles gifted Rovers their first win in four games. It was also a third away defeat on the trot for Leyton Orient.
Tranmere’s new striker signing from Bristol Rovers, Harvey Saunders, assisted a Kieron Morris attempt on goal before 10 minutes were on the clock. Saunders also drew a couple of free kicks from the visitors. His performance throughout will be a source of hope for Rovers’ fans.
Morris had another go at goal 10 minutes later, followed shortly afterwards by an attempt from Kane Hemmings that missed to the right.
Overall, Tranmere had the better of their opponents through the first half, but couldn’t quite break the stalemate.
After half time, Tranmere were still dominating the visitors and chances from Josh Dacres-Cogley and another from Hemmings both came close.
Saunders made a break for goal chasing a through ball from Hemmings but was caught offside, as was Jordan Turnbull a few minutes later.
Tranmer kept the pressure up and at 53 minutes, Dacres-Cogley tried a right footed shot from outside the box, but was blocked.
Saunders was in assist mode again, shortly afterwards, but Hemmings shot from the left side of the box missed to the left of Lawrence Vigouroux’s goal.
With eight minutes to go, Beckles deflected the ball into his own net, ensuring Tranmere took the three points.
Tranmere visit Stockport County for a 3pm kick off on Saturday 4 February in their next game of the 2022/23 League Two season.
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Post Match Interviews
Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-4-2
23 Mateusz Hewelt GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
3 Ethan Bristow DF
5 Tom Davies DF
14 Jordan Turnbull DF
6 Chris Merrie MF
11 Josh Hawkes MF
4 Lee O’Connor MF
7 Kieron Morris MF
10 Kane Hemmings (C) FW
26 Harvey Saunders FW
13 Joe Murphy SUB
18 Kyle Jameson SUB
22 Paul Lewis SUB
20 Brad Walker SUB
27 Jake Burton SUB
19 Logan Chalmers SUB
25 Joel Mumbongo SUB
Referee: Ollie Yates
Assistants: Peter Gooch and Oliver Bickle
Fourth official: Robert Madden
Walsall – Formation 4-2-3-1
22 Lawrence Vigouroux GK
2 Tom James DF
32 Rob Hunt DF
19 Omar Beckles DF
33 Jamie McCart DF
18 Darren Pratley (C) MF
11 Theo Archibald MF
17 Jordan Lyden MF
14 George Moncur MF
34 Kieran Sadlier MF
23 Charlie Kelman FW
27 Rhys Byrne SUB
6 Adam Thompson SUB
43 Ed Turns SUB
8 Craig Clay SUB
9 Harry Smith SUB
7 Paul Smyth SUB
10 Ruel Sotiriou SUB
League 2 season attendance
|2022/23 Total home attendance||86056|
|2022/23 Total away attendance||65083|
|2022/23 Total attendance (Home & Away)||151139|
|2022/23 Average home attendance||6147|
|2022/23 Average away attendance||5006|
|2022/23 Total average attendance||5577|
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