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Match Report: Walsall 1-0 Tranmere Rovers

16 December 2023

Match Reports

Match Report: Walsall 1-0 Tranmere Rovers

16 December 2023

Jamille Matt scored his second goal in as many matches as Walsall picked up their third successive win in all competitions with a narrow victory over Tranmere Rovers.

The striker stepped off the bench at half time to score the only goal of the game as the Saddlers also made it back to back clean sheets.

Mat Sadler made two changes to the team that saw off Alfreton Town in midweek.

Isaac Hutchinson and Freddie Draper both came into the starting XI while Matt and Douglas James-Taylor dropped out.

The Saddlers saw a lot of the ball in the opening stages but it was the visitors who had the first meaningful opportunity when David Okagbue’s pass was intercepted and the ball found its way to Kristian Dennis who shot early but his effort was charged down by Jackson Smith who made a decent save.

Walsall’s first sight of goal came on 27 minutes when Liam Gordon’s cross was headed out towards Donervon Daniels who volleyed it goalwards but his effort drifted just wide.

Smith was called into action on 33 minutes when Kieron Morris burst through and rifled in a shot but the Saddlers stopper did well to keep it out at full stretch.

The visitors came close again five minutes later when Daniels was dispossessed by Rob Apter who drove forward and arrowed in a shot but he narrowly missed the target.

Gordon came close to opening the scoring right at the end of the first half as his terrific strike on his right foot looked to be curling in but Luke McGee tipped it behind and both teams went in level at the break.

Sadler made a change at half time as he introduced Matt for Hutchinson.

Walsall had a couple of half chances in the first 20 minutes of the second half as Ryan Stirk’s free-kick was caught by McGee while Matt had a shot blocked.

Matt made no mistake with his next chance on 65 minutes when he latched on to Daniels’ ball over the top and coolly rolled the ball under McGee to give the hosts the lead.

The Saddlers had good control of the game after taking the lead but also had an eye on a second.

Draper tried his luck just outside the box but his effort was comfortably saved by McGee.

There was a delay as the clocked ticked over 90 minutes as referee Alan Young had to be replaced by fourth official Daniel Flynn.

Tranmere applied pressure during the eight minutes off stoppage time but the Saddlers held on for an important victory.


Smith; Knowles, Okagbue, Farquharson, Daniels, Gordon; McEntee, Comley, Stirk; Hutchinson (Matt 45'), Draper
Subs: Evans (GK), Foulkes, Earing, Williams, Allen, Johnson

Attendance: 5190

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