Tranmere hosted Walsall today in their latest fixture in the 2022/23 League Two season.
Despite the busy schedule over the festive period, games now tend to be once every seven days, which gives Mellon’s players the time to prepare for upcoming fixtures.
Ahead of the game, Micky Mellon said, “It gives us more time to work on things, and gives the players more time to recover. We’d rather play games, but we’re making good use of the time that we’ve got between games.”
Since the opening of the January Transfer Window two weeks ago, we have seen the departures of Ross Doohan, Dynel Simeu, Elliott Nevitt and Neill Byrne.
Match Report: Tranmere Rovers v Walsall
|Tranmere Rovers 1||v||1 Walsall|
|Hawkes (78′)||Goals||Johnson (72′)|
Tranmere had to make do with a share of the points after a hard-fought game against Walsall ended one-a-piece at Prenton Park this afternoon.
Rovers’ first chance before five minutes were on the clock. Kieron Morris’ shot from outside the box was a great effort, but it missed to the right.
Tranmere had greater possession in the first half and trying to take advantage, Tom Davies’ tried a header from the centre of the box, but it failed to count as it went wide to the right at 18 minutes.
Davies had another go at goal just before half time, but his shot was saved by Walsall keeper, Owen Evans.
After the restart, Jake Burton was caught offside, on the receiving end of a through ball from Ethan Bristow.
Walsall had a couple of attempts at goal before Tranmere’s next chance, when a shot from outside the box by Morris was blocked.
Just shy of 70 minutes, former Tranmere man, Emmanuel Monthe tried a header towards the goal but it didn’t trouble Mateusz Hewelt, as it was a little high.
Minutes later, the deadlock was broken when against the run of play, Walsall’s Danny Johnson fired a shot from the right side of the box, lobbing Hewelt into the centre of the goal.
Less than five minutes later Walsall were reduced to 10 men when Manny Monthe was given a second yellow card for a bad foul.
The resulting free-kick on the edge of the box, taken by Josh Hawkes was a 20-yard rocket that Owen Evans couldn’t stop.
Tranmere kept the pressure on but couldn’t break the deadlock against 10-man Walsall and as the final whistle ble, the home side had to settle for a share of the points.
Tranmere visit Doncaster Rovers for a 3pm kick off on Saturday 21 January in their next game of the 2022/23 League Two season.
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Post Match Interview
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
25 Joel Mumbongo FW
13 Joe Murphy SUB
18 Kyle Jameson SUB
17 Rhys Hughes SUB
8 Reece McAlear SUB
16 Jon Nolan SUB
20 Brad Walker SUB
27 Jake Burton SUB
Referee: Declan Bourne
Assistants: Billy Smallwood and Alan Clayton
Fourth official: Danny Gratton
Walsall – Formation 3-4-1-2
1 Owen Evans GK
6 Emmanuel Monthe DF
5 Donervon Daniels (C) DF
2 Hayden White DF
10 Tom Knowles MF
3 Liam Gordon MF
8 Liam Kinsella MF
23 Isaac Hutchinson MF
14 Brandon Comley FW
16 Jacob Maddox FW
39 Danny Johnson FW
24 Joe Low SUB
18 Oisin McEntee SUB
21 Taylor Allen SUB
31 Robbie Willmott SUB
15 Douglas James-Taylor SUB
9 Conor Wilkinson SUB
11 Andy Williams SUB
League 2 season attendance
|2022/23 Total home attendance||80110|
|2022/23 Total away attendance||65083|
|2022/23 Total attendance (Home & Away)||145193|
|2022/23 Average home attendance||6162|
|2022/23 Average away attendance||5006|
|2022/23 Total average attendance||5584|
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