Setback At Tranmere #WalsallFC
23rd October 2011
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Following on from Walsall's mini unbeaten run, it was hoped that the good work could continue at Tranmere. It was always going to be difficult as Rovers have a pretty good record at home-just one defeat before the game with Walsall. Saddlers started brightly and it was good to see the team try to play the game on the floor again. Hopes of an early goal were raised in the 18th minute when Alex Nicholls carried the ball forward before hitting a low shot which keeper Owain Fon Williams gathered at his post.

Five minutes later it was the hosts turn to try a worthwhile shot which Jimmy Walker turned round a post from Jose Baxter. There was disappointment for Walsall on 29 minutes when midfielder Adam Chambers sustained an injury and was replaced by Richard Taundry. Just before half time there was another fine save from Walker from dangerman Baxter.

Walsall started the second half looking to make the breakthrough and on 47 minutes Kevan Hurst tested the keeper with a low shot. Tranmere had ideas of their own and on 59 minutes took the lead with a 30 yard stunner from Robbie Wier who picked his spot and gave Walker no chance.

Four minutes later Walsall were again indebted to the agility of veteran keeper Walker who made his 3rd outstanding save of the afternoon. Walsall made further changes with Jon Macken on for Will Grigg and a few minutes later Claude Gnakpa came on for Kevan Hurst.Two minutes later, following a bit of pressure, Walsall levelled with a headed goal from Andy Butler. Jamie Patterson had won Walsall a corner from a good shot well saved by Williams. Patterson sent over the corner which was headed back to him by Gnakpa. Patterson floated over the perfect ball for his skipper to nod home.

Ten minutes from the end Tranmere got what became the winner though a flick from substitute Mustafa Tiryaki. On 90 minutes Richard Taundry rattled the bar with a direct free kick as Walsall tried their best to get a point, which sadly didn't happen.


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