Andy Robinson (62 mins)
npower League 1
, Apr 14, 2012
Ground: Banks's Stadium , Kickoff: 15:00 , Att 3,895
Double trouble for Saddlers Walsall will be without Anton Peterlin and Richard Taundry for the visit of Tranmere.
Midfielder Peterlin has picked up an ankle injury in training while full-back Taundry is struggling with a recurrence of a hamstring strain, which is also now providing discomfort in his back.
Manager Dean Smith has no other injury or suspension concerns as the Saddlers look for a victory which would go a long way to securing their npower League One status.
Walsall, unbeaten at the Banks's Stadium since late January, are currently four points clear of the drop zone.
Smith could well name an unchanged starting line-up for a third successive match having kept faith with the same XI for both games over the Easter period, a 3-2 win over Chesterfield and a valiant 1-0 defeat at leaders Charlton.
Ronnie Moore blasted Tranmere's "schoolboy" defending in the 3-0 defeat to MK Dons but his players will have a chance to redeem themselves.
The Rovers boss has been boosted by the recent return to fitness of midfielder Martin Devaney (hamstring), striker Adam McGurk (broken cheekbone) and defender Mark McChrystal (hernia).
All three were left out of the squad for the Dons defeat but James Wallace, on loan from Everton, completed the full 90 minutes in midfield for the second game running to cement his return from a hamstring injury.
Walsall vs Tranmere
Last modified 18:02 14/04/12
Robinson sinks Saddlers A superb free-kick by Andy Robinson ensured Tranmere beat struggling Walsall 1-0.
Robinson smashed the ball into the roof of the net from the edge of the box in the 62nd minute after Saddlers' skipper Andy Butler had fouled him in retaliation after he had taken a smack in the face.
Walsall had only themselves to blame for some poor finishing, particularly in the 12th minute when Rover' defender David Buchanan deflected the ball into the path of Kevan Hurst, but with only keeper Owain Fon Williams to beat from close in, the winger steered his shot wide of the near post.
Walsall's only real threat against a rugged Rovers defence came from Argentian striker Emmanuel Ledesma, but twice he cleared the bar with fierce drives.
The Saddlers' problems increased when defender Lee Beevers was sent off in the last minute for his second bookable offence.
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Substitution||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Rating|
|11||Kevan Hurst(sub 75)|
|16||Alex Nicholls(sub 79)|
|28||Emanuel Jorge Ledesma|
|15||Jamie Paterson(sub 75)|
|17||George Bowerman(sub 79)|
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Substitution||Rating|
|1||Owain Fon Williams|
|11||Andy Robinson(sub 85)|
|7||Enoch Showunmi(sub 58)|
|18||Jake Cassidy(sub 85)|
|10||Robbie Weir(sub 85)|
|14||Adam McGurk(sub 58)|
|28||Ryan Brunt(sub 85)|