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John Welsh challenges Martin Devaney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Martin Devaney, save made by Peter Gulacsi.
Short corner taken by Matthew Richards.
Unfair challenge on Martin Devaney by Liam Darville results in a free kick. Ryan McGivern restarts play with the free kick.
Arnaud Mendy is brought on as a substitute for Joss Labadie.
John Welsh scores a goal from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Walsall 1-4 Tranmere.Assist on the goal came from Joss Labadie.
William Grigg has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
Jonathan Macken leaves the field to be replaced by William Grigg. Dale Jennings leaves the field to be replaced by Ryan Fraughan.
John Welsh takes a shot. Jon Brain makes a save.
Corner taken by Matthew Richards from the right by-line, Ian Goodison manages to make a clearance.
Aaron Lescott receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Penalty scored by Ian Thomas-Moore. Walsall 1-3 Tranmere.Foul by Aaron Lescott on Dale Jennings, Penalty awarded.
Dale Jennings takes a shot. Save by Jon Brain.
Effort from outside the area by Jonathan Macken goes wide right of the goal.
Ian Thomas-Moore is caught offside. Jon Brain takes the free kick.
Zoumana Bakayogo joins the action as a substitute, replacing Aaron Cresswell. Andrew Davies leaves the field to be replaced by Clayton McDonald. Jonathan Macken challenges Joss Labadie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Welsh.
Joss Labadie takes a long range shot harmlessly clearing the crossbar.
Jonathan Macken grabs a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Walsall 1-2 Tranmere.Assist by Martin Devaney.
Effort on goal by Ian Thomas-Moore from a long way out goes over the bar.
Alex Nicholls replaces Reuben Reid. Corner from right by-line taken by Martin Devaney.
Enoch Showunmi scores a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Walsall 0-2 Tranmere.
The referee shows Enoch Showunmi a yellow card for time wasting. The referee blows for offside. Jon Brain takes the indirect free kick.
John Welsh is shown a yellow card. Free kick awarded for a foul by John Welsh on Jonathan Macken. Andrew Davies restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Aaron Cresswell from the right by-line to the near post, Aaron Cresswell takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post. Clearance by Emmanuele Smith.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Aaron Cresswell.
Aaron Cresswell takes a inswinging corner.
Aaron Cresswell takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Ryan McGivern manages to make a clearance.
Aaron Cresswell takes a shot. Jon Brain makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Enoch Showunmi by Emmanuele Smith results in a free kick. Dale Jennings takes the direct free kick.
Aaron Lescott has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
Martin Devaney takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Wootton.
Dale Jennings produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 30 yards. Save made by Jon Brain.
Joss Labadie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Taundry. Free kick taken by Andrew Davies.
John Welsh gets on the score sheet with a goal from long range to the top right corner of the goal. Walsall 0-1 Tranmere.
The official flags Joss Labadie offside. Emmanuele Smith takes the free kick.
The referee penalises Reuben Reid for handball. Peter Gulacsi takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Taundry by Joss Labadie. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Lescott.
Ryan McGivern produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.
Martin Devaney goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Martin Devaney challenges Scott Wootton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Gulacsi takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Goodison on Jon Brain. Jon Brain restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Aaron Cresswell from the right by-line to the near post, save by Jon Brain.
Martin Devaney is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Peter Gulacsi restarts play with the free kick.
Reuben Reid takes a shot. Save by Peter Gulacsi.
The referee books Steve Jones for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Jones on Aaron Cresswell. Aaron Cresswell takes the free kick.
Enoch Showunmi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emmanuele Smith. Free kick taken by Aaron Lescott.
Steve Jones has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
The match begins.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Davis blow for Saddlers
Walsall will be without David Davis for their home clash against fellow strugglers Tranmere.
The on-loan Wolves youngster was on Thursday recalled by Mick McCarthy due to a shortage of midfielders at Molineux and will now be part of their squad for the trip to Premier League champions Chelsea.
Captain Darren Byfield and midfielder Richard Taundry (knee) have returned to full training after their lengthy absences and will be monitored, although the encounter is likely to come too soon for both of them.
Otherwise, manager Chris Hutchings has a fully-fit squad at his disposal as the Saddlers look to continue their recent upturn in fortunes and extend their unbeaten run to three games against a Rovers side who prop up the League One table.
Tranmere manager Les Parry could be without midfielder Joss Labadie.
Labadie has missed the last two games with a knee injury and Parry admits the former West Brom man is likely to remain sidelined.
Striker Ian Thomas-Moore has been struggling for fitness in recent weeks but Parry said: "He's had almost a week's rest, so he's going to train and we'll see how he comes through it. Hopefully he'll be available."
Striker Enoch Showunmi and midfielder Paul McLaren are nursing knocks and will be assessed but a trio of other players will hope to feature.
Marlon Broomes, Adam McGurk and Sam Morrow played for the reserves against Carlisle in midweek and could all come into contention.
Hutchings under fire after heavy loss
Tranmere lifted themselves off the bottom of League One with an easy win 4-1 at the expense of fellow strugglers Walsall who crashed to their fifth home league defeat of the season, putting severe pressure on manager Chris Hutchings.
Rovers, who knocked the Saddlers out of the Carling Cup at the Banks's Stadium earlier this season, were much the better side and took the lead in the 34th minute when home keeper Jonny Brain saw his punched clearance land at the feet of the impressive John Welsh who lobbed into the empty net from 40 yards.
Walsall had little to offer going forward and were even worse in the second half, so it was no surprise when, in the 59th minute, home defender Andrew Davies, on loan from Stoke City, lost possession easily leaving Enoch Showunmi to run on and shoot low past the keeper for number two.
Walsall did raise the hopes of their dejected fans in the 65th minute, Jon Macken driving in a cross from the lively Martin Devaney, but that was soon cancelled out when Aaron Lescott brought down Dale Jennings and Ian Thomas-Moore scored confidently from the penalty.
And to rub it in Rovers pushed forward to grab number four against the dreadful home defence, substitute Ryan Fraughan crossing for Welsh to notch his second of the match with two minutes remaining.
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