L 1-0 vs Tranmere Rovers (H) - League Two - Sat 24th Sept, 3pm

So here we go, 10 games without a victory in all competitions, 7 of those in League Two, and we have the Friend For A Fiver offer on for the visit of Tranmere Rovers. What could possibly go wrong here. Nailed on win for The Saddlers…perhaps?!

Tranmere Rovers head to The Poundland Bescot Stadium sitting 14th in League Two with a grand total of 10 points gained from their 9 league games so far this season. They have scored AND conceded 9 goals so far, similar to ourselves who have scored 10 and conceded 9.

Managed by Micky Mellon, who is now in his second spell in charge of Rovers following a year away at Dundee United in 2020-21, last season he guided the club to 9th in League Two, agonisingly falling just 2 points short of a play-off place. The hope is that this season they can better that, but so far it has been a mixed start to their task.

Joe Murphy

There are players on both sides with links to the two football clubs, and Tranmere’s squad contains two ex-Saddlers in the form of Kieron Morris and goalkeeper Joe Murphy. The latter made 39 appearances for Walsall over the course of two loan spells in 2004-05 and 2005-06, and now at the age of 41 finds himself as third-choice goalkeeper, presumably with responsibility for coaching the others in some form. Kieron Morris on the other hand spent 6 years with The Saddlers (2013-19) after coming through the ranks, making 143 appearances and scoring 15 goals. Interestingly, his record at our visitors is similar as he is currently on 127 appearances for them, with 13 goals scored if you include his loan spell in the second half of the 2018-19 season. Morris has been used sparingly this season, making 1 league appearance as a substitute, whilst starting 1 PJT game, scoring last Tuesday.

Kieron Morris

Heading into Saturday’s fixture, Tranmere Rovers’ last six games have been:

24th Aug - Newcastle United (H) - (CC2) - Lost 2-1
27th Aug - Colchester United (H) - Won 2-0
3rd Sept - Leyton Orient (A) - Lost 2-0
13th Sept - Bradford City (H) - Lost 2-1
17th Sept - Salford City (A) - Won 1-0
20th Sept - Bolton Wanderers (H) (PJT) - Drew 2-2 (W 5-4 pens)

Onto The Saddlers now and we head into this game in a dismal run of form, as touched upon at the start of the preview. TEN games without a victory in all competitions, SEVEN league games without victory, and in the ten games we have drawn 3 and lost 7!

Michael Flynn said after the defeat at Cheltenham Town in midweek that he knows his players are working hard and that things will turn around, and hopefully that is the case here. Injuries have plagued the squad since pre-season, with more occurring since, but being positive we are getting closer all the time to the return of players who can make a difference such as Conor Wilkinson and Liam Gordon who actually made his first Saddlers appearance as a sub on Tuesday night.

Going into the game, team selection could be anyone’s guess, but I will assume that the gaffer will be sticking with his 3-5-2 plan. Who would you fit into this formation? Our very own ex-Rovers player Peter Clarke must be returned to the starting XI to bring us a bit of stability and know-how that we have missed since his drop to the bench. I also feel that we need to attack the game, especially being at home, so it HAS to be just ONE of Kinsella or Comley starting the game. Personally I would start with Kinsella, but of course this topic is the cause of much anger and frustration to many on here so I’ll leave that debate for you guys.

There has been no formal indication of injury news yet, but Donervon Daniels was unable to continue on Tuesday so he may be a doubt, whilst Liam Gordon now appears ready to battle for his place in the side and I expect him to again feature on the substitutes bench. Ronan Maher is away on international duty with Republic of Ireland Under 19’s for whom he played yesterday, gaining 2 assists which will give him a great confidence boost.

We should have a decent size crowd for this game with the Friend For a Fiver offer running for both home AND away supporters, and hopefully this should generate a really good atmosphere for the players to go and put a good performance in to get us 3 points for the first time in a while!

What are your predictions for the game?

Walsall vs Tranmere Rovers - Match Result
  • Walsall Win
  • Draw
  • Tranmere Rovers Win

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Maddox, Monthe and Clarke all playing against their former club. I’m going for a 3-1 win with DJ on the scoresheet and Williams getting off the mark from a Maddox set piece. UTS

Seven m8.

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Correct, Andrew. Thank you. Changed.

It is time we won a game. A close 2-1 will do.

I’m taking my son in law and his lad, so nailed on win! 3-0 to the reinvigorated super Saddlers!

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I hope this is the game when we get a couple of breaks and win comfortably. Against Hartlepool, we were easily the better team but our first goal was a fluky deflection, and Johnson’s first was lucky in that his first shot was saved and the rebound came nicely to him. Later games had a missed penalty, obvious penalties not given, hitting the woodwork…

A winning team needs its share of luck. And while we are on a bad run, it is not like it was under Dutton where we knew each game would be torture to watch.

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Each game still is torture to watch! How often recently have we been the better team, having more shots on goal more possession etc etc, yet we still manage to lose!
Hoping for a turn round on Saturday, though opposition managers will be telling their squad “attack them from the off, they are on a bad run and nervous, and attack White he is their weak link”.

We have to win eventually right ?

Last season we didn’t win in 7, then played Tranmere and won.

Last season Mansfield won their first two games of the season with the second being against Newport, then went on a terrible run of form and their next win 12 games later came against…Tranmere


I can’t attend this due to an unsympathetically arranged birthday celebration for my wife’s brother. (Thanks mate and a happy bleeding birthday to you……)
So we’ll win, obviously, and we’ll most likely score a hatfull……….not bitter at all.

For some reason I seem to be able to buy a video pass for this weekends game despite being in the UK at 3pm.

International weekend, so is available on iFollow.

I never realised the international break changed the situation. Does anyone know the logic behind that? Why should the fact that PL and Championship teams are not playing mean that League 2 fans can watch on iFollow?

It’s a condition of the TV deal with the Premier League. You can’t live broadcast live games if there are Premier League fixtures. Not sure of the finer details but you can’t even show an U23s game on a night that a PL fixture is taking place.

Desperately need 3 points to give the team ,management and supporters a lift . Tranmere have not had a great start to the season so hopeful of a win . 2-1 to the saddlers in front of 5865 (1100).

Thank you. So does that mean that, during the World Cup, all the matches will be available on iFollow since there are no PL matches?

Good question. You’d think so seeing as it’s technically an international break.

We’re on an awful winless streak, I’m hoping that will change tomorrow against Tranmere.
Clarke, Gordon (if fit), Earing, Maddox and Knowles have to be included in the starting 11, with Bennett and Allen on the flanks.
I know we haven’t won in a while, Saddlers fans have been very patient and I hope they show up in decent numbers and get behind the lads. Players tend to work a little harder and put that extra effort in when they hear the fans backing them.
We desperately need three points, if everyone contributes we will get them.

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Just looking back over earlier team squads compared to now, it’s not just ‘like’, it is, two completely different teams. We used to call Clarke’s tombola team selections, but currently Evans is the only constant to our current ‘team’. Lets hope the inclusion of all these new faces will eventually end with a deserved win instead of another unlucky defeat?