Writer: Jorge's Jottings
Date:Saturday March 18 2006
Fri 17th March 7.45
Tranmere Rover stuck to the side that beat Chesterfield 4-1 last weekend hoping for same team same result. KB sprung a surprise although rumours had been circulating before hand. Mark Wright came in at right back for Craig Pead who did appear in the 16. Suspended Ian Roper returned straight back into the centre of defence, with Pablo Mills pushing into central midfield where he finished sundays game,this time along side Osborn with Leary keeping the bench warm.
Keeping warm, was a problem on a bitter cold night and as they did on Sunday they started slowly. Tranmere had the upper hand and Oakes was the busier keeper, with one save of note from Rovers skipper Micheal Jackson when a goal bound header was tipped onto the bar.
Walsall had come more into the game and on the 41 minute James pushed a ball for Barrowman, Barrowman chased the lost cause and took full advantage of a slip by Ian Sharpe to lay on a shooting chance for Grant Smith. Who dispacthed low and sweetly passed Seremet in the Rovers goal.
At half time Brian Little decided to push hard to take the game to Walsall.Bringing on two subs including striker Delroy Facey, who many Saddlers fan remember destroying us at Burnley a couple of seasons ago. It was in fact a Facey shot which led to the 64 minute equaliser when his shot was too hot to hold and Oakes spilled it for Greenacre to poke home. However within 8 minutes Smith gave Walsall back the lead heading in from close range a James cross.
KB had been forced into a couple of subsitute changes with Wright picking up a Knock to be replaced by Westwood. Also Barrowman came off in the 67 minute as Kevan switched to a 4-5-1 in an attempt to stem the flow from midfield. Unfortunatly in the closing stages Walsall were very much under the cosh and were again indebted to Andy Oakes in goal. Daniel Fox was forced off in the 83 minute to be replaced by Ishmel Demontagnac, it was unclear whether it was just cramp due to his lay off, hopefully not a return of his calf strain. Dispite this disruption Walsall held on for there first win of 2006 and first away win since September. We moved out of the bottom four to put pressure on the teams around us. So lets see what saturdays results bring and bring on the crunch game against Yeovil on Tuesday.
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Date:Saturday March 18 2006
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