Hutchings under fire after heavy loss: Match Review

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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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Ian Thomas-Moore
Enoch Showunmi
Aaron Lescott
John Welsh
Andrew Davies
League One
League Cup
Martin Devaney
Jonny Brain
Ryan Fraughan
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