Tranmere win away at Walsall

Tranmere visited Walsall today for a 3pm kick-off in their latest fixture in the 2022/23 League Two season.

Ahead of the game, Micky Mellon said, “It’s always important to get results, we always say that. We need to try and keep the consistency in the way that we’re performing to try and give us the best chance of getting results. We’re still working with a very young squad and we know what they’re capable of because we’ve all seen that now. 

“We know what the formula is now and we know that the players are capable of that and we just need to keep executing that in order to keep winning games. I believe, that for this group, is was all about mentality and doing their jobs on the pitch, not losing their focus. We all know that they can play, they wouldn’t be here if they couldn’t play football. They all know what it takes now to get those results.”

Match Report: Walsall v Tranmere Rovers

Walsall 0 v 1 Tranmere Rovers
GoalsNevitt (90’+6′)
HT 0-0

Tranmere earned their second away win of the season today at Walsall with a last-minute strike from Elliott Nevitt.

Nevitt, who was subbed on at the hour mark, scored the winner with practically the last touch of the game securing Tranmere three badly needed points.

Nevitt headed home a rebound from a strike by Kieron Morris that was parried by Walsall keeper Owen Evans.

There were only five attempts at goal during the first half, and not one of them was towards the Walsall goal. After the break, Tranmere had a bit more determination and urgency. At 50 minutes, Josh Dacres-Cogley was set up by Chris Merrie, but his shot from the right side of the box was saved.

Just under 10 minutes later, Merrie had his own chance, but his shot from outside the box was saved.

Walsall keeper Owen Evans was now earning his keep and was tested in the 77th minute by a Kane Hemmings shot from outside the box.

Walsall’s best chance came in the 71st minute as Taylor Allen flicked on Tom Knowles’ near-post corner but Rovers keeper Ross Doohan clawed it away.

Tranmere were creating better chances during the second half and Jordan Turnbull saw his headed effort saved in the top centre of the goal.

Deep into added time, Kieren Morris’ strike at goal was blocked by the Walsall keeper, but Nevitt was on hand to nod in the rebound, securing Tranmere a deserved three points.

Walsall’s winless run now extends to 11 games in all competitions, while Tranmere notched up a fifth clean sheet in their past eight League Two matches.

Tranmere host Barrow on Saturday 1 October for a 3pm kick off in their next game of the League Two season.

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Walsall – Formation 4-3-1-2
1 Owen Evans GK
30 Liam Bennett DF
21 Taylor Allen DF
5 Donervon Daniels (C) DF
26 Peter Clarke DF
8 Liam Kinsella MF
17 Jack Earing MF
10 Tom Knowles MF
16 Jacob Maddox MF
11 Andy Williams FW
39 Danny Johnson FW

3 Liam Gordon SUB
6 Emmanuel Monthe SUB
2 Hayden White SUB
14 Brandon Comley SUB
23 Isaac Hutchinson SUB
20 Danny Cashman SUB
15 Douglas James-Taylor SUB

Michael Flynn

Match Officials
Ben Toner
Assistants: Lee Freeman and Grant Taylor
Fourth official: Lewis Raper

Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-4-2
1 Ross Doohan GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
3 Ethan Bristow DF
26 Dynel Simeu DF
14 Jordan Turnbull DF
8 Reece McAlear MF
17 Rhys Hughes MF
6 Chris Merrie MF
11 Josh Hawkes MF
10 Kane Hemmings (C) FW
22 Paul Lewis FW

23 Mateusz Hewelt SUB
19 Neill Byrne SUB
18 Kyle Jameson SUB
30 Arthur Lomax SUB
7 Kieron Morris SUB
27 Jake Burton SUB
20 Elliott Nevitt SUB

Micky Mellon

Attendance: 5845

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