Walsall v Tranmere – In-depth Tactical Analysis

Today, with the sun shining, it was a chance for me to wear my £270 Rayban, polarised, prescription, Wayfarer sunglasses for the entire 90 minutes.

It was a good job I was wearing them for the first thirty minutes as our football was dazzling.

I won’t bother giving you the line-up as you should already know. I will just give my thoughts on our play.

For the first 30 it was all pass and move, full-backs bombing on, wingers changing sides, Lalkovic and Westcarr swapping round. It was awesome as we bossed play and deserved our 2 goal lead.

After that Tranmere got back into it and scored a cracking free-kick just before half-time, after winning a rash of corners.

The second half we looked tired – maybe those many pre-season games were showing – we started to panic in possession, play a few aimless long balls and look ragged.

Just before we prepared a few subs, Westcarr got his second after a neat exchange with Lalkovic.

Sawyers came on and looked good. We were in complete control and Westcarr had a great chance for his hat-trick before play got pulled back for a free kick to us.

Individually, I would give Lalkovic MOTM followed by Westcarr and then Hemmings.

Everybody else did the job expected of them.

O’Donnell was impossible to judge as he hardly anything to do.

On this evidence we won’t be missing the big players we lost in the summer.