Tranmere substitute Mustafa Tiryaki scored the winner after just three minutes on the pitch against Walsall.

After a first half bereft of decent chances, the Merseysiders took the lead when Robbie Weir sent a rasping shot into the top corner from 25 yards.

Andy Butler's close-range header, from Jamie Paterson's cross, then levelled it for the Saddlers.

Tiryaki tapped in the winner before Walsall's Richard Taundry struck the bar with a 90th-minute free-kick.

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Tranmere manager Les Parry told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"It was a good performance from two very hard working sides.

"I was made up for Mustafa Tiryaki and I actually said to him you're due a goal, so I was made up he scored.

"Enoch Showunmi worked really hard and was looking a bit tired and sometimes a centre-half can get comfortable with a centre forward and that was the reason why we made the change."

Match Stats

Shots

9 9

On target

5 4

Corners

9 3

Fouls

9 13

Live Text Commentary

96:03 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +5:11

Mustafa Tiryaki fouled by Emmanuele Smith, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Joss Labadie.

90:00 +4:12

Alex Nicholls produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

90:00 +3:15

Anton Peterlin sends in a cross, Andy Butler concedes a free kick for a foul on John Welsh. Owain Fon Williams takes the indirect free kick.

89:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Paterson by Robbie Weir. Richard Taundry produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

87:33

Emmanuele Smith challenges Mustafa Tiryaki unfairly and gives away a free kick. John Welsh restarts play with the free kick.

86:53 Substitution

Substitution Jose Baxter leaves the field to be replaced by Joss Labadie.

86:15

David Raven delivers the ball, save made by Jimmy Walker.

85:26

Anton Peterlin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jose Baxter. Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

85:18

Darryl Westlake crosses the ball, clearance by Ash Taylor.

84:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mustafa Tiryaki on Andy Butler. Free kick taken by Mat Sadler.

82:02

Unfair challenge on Claude Gnakpa by Zoumana Bakayogo results in a free kick. Darryl Westlake takes the free kick.

80:56

Foul by Darryl Westlake on John Welsh, free kick awarded. Owain Fon Williams takes the indirect free kick.

79:33

The assist for the goal came from Zoumana Bakayogo.

79:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Mustafa Tiryaki - Tranmere 2 - 1 Walsall Mustafa Tiryaki scores a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tranmere 2-1 Walsall.

78:57

Zoumana Bakayogo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emmanuele Smith. Jimmy Walker takes the free kick.

78:23

Foul by Anton Peterlin on John Welsh, free kick awarded. David Raven restarts play with the free kick.

77:05 Substitution

Substitution (Tranmere) makes a substitution, with Mustafa Tiryaki coming on for Enoch Showunmi.

76:19

Andy Butler fouled by Enoch Showunmi, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Butler takes the free kick.

75:32

Centre by Zoumana Bakayogo, clearance by Mat Sadler.

75:22

Lucas Akins sends in a cross.

75:02

Richard Taundry delivers the ball, clearance made by Ash Taylor.

73:44

Unfair challenge on Lucas Akins by Jamie Paterson results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

72:03

The assist for the goal came from Jamie Paterson.

72:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Andy Butler - Tranmere 1 - 1 Walsall Andy Butler finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Tranmere 1-1 Walsall.

71:25

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jamie Paterson from the right by-line.

71:13

Jamie Paterson takes a shot. Save by Owain Fon Williams.

70:25

The ball is crossed by Mat Sadler, David Buchanan makes a clearance.

69:34

The ball is delivered by Lucas Akins, Headed effort from inside the area by Zoumana Bakayogo misses to the right of the goal.

69:04 Substitution

Substitution Claude Gnakpa joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kevan Hurst.

68:36

The referee blows for offside against Enoch Showunmi. Jimmy Walker takes the indirect free kick.

66:52

Indirect free kick taken by David Raven.

66:52 Substitution

Substitution Adam McGurk goes off and Zoumana Bakayogo comes on.

66:52

Anton Peterlin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robbie Weir.

65:31

Ash Taylor sends in a cross.

64:45 Substitution

Substitution Jonathan Macken joins the action as a substitute, replacing Will Grigg.

63:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Darryl Westlake on David Buchanan. Free kick taken by David Buchanan.

62:06

Corner taken right-footed by John Welsh from the left by-line to the near post, Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

61:54

The ball is delivered by Lucas Akins, save by Jimmy Walker.

60:32

Kevan Hurst produces a cross, Header on goal by Andy Butler from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

60:04

Corner taken short by Kevan Hurst.

59:56

Centre by Kevan Hurst, Ian Goodison makes a clearance.

58:07

Assist on the goal came from Lucas Akins.

58:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Robbie Weir - Tranmere 1 - 0 Walsall Robbie Weir grabs a goal from outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Tranmere 1-0 Walsall.

57:06

The ball is sent over by John Welsh, Anton Peterlin manages to make a clearance.

56:42

Corner taken short by John Welsh.

55:11

Will Grigg challenges John Welsh unfairly and gives away a free kick. Owain Fon Williams takes the indirect free kick.

51:46

Alex Nicholls fouled by Robbie Weir, the ref awards a free kick. Mat Sadler restarts play with the free kick.

50:25

Lucas Akins concedes a free kick for a foul on Mat Sadler. Indirect free kick taken by Mat Sadler.

47:11

Foul by David Raven on Kevan Hurst, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Kevan Hurst, David Buchanan makes a clearance.

46:11

Kevan Hurst takes a shot. Save by Owain Fon Williams.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +1:54 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +0:12

Corner from the right by-line taken by John Welsh, clearance by Emmanuele Smith.

44:15

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by John Welsh, clearance by Emmanuele Smith.

44:08

The ball is swung over by Adam McGurk, Emmanuele Smith makes a clearance.

43:16

Anton Peterlin produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.

42:02

John Welsh sends in a cross.

41:15

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by John Welsh, clearance by Anton Peterlin.

40:00

A cross is delivered by David Raven, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jose Baxter goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

38:54

The ball is sent over by Enoch Showunmi, Mat Sadler manages to make a clearance.

38:40

A cross is delivered by Anton Peterlin, Ian Goodison manages to make a clearance.

36:06

Inswinging corner taken by John Welsh from the left by-line, clearance made by Will Grigg.

35:48

The ball is sent over by Lucas Akins, Jose Baxter takes a shot. Save made by Jimmy Walker.

35:29

Will Grigg challenges Ian Goodison unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Ian Goodison.

34:46

Adam McGurk produces a cross, save by Jimmy Walker.

33:21

Headed effort from deep inside the area by Jose Baxter misses to the left of the goal.

32:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robbie Weir by Anton Peterlin. Free kick taken by Adam McGurk.

29:57

Adam McGurk sends in a cross, Emmanuele Smith makes a clearance.

27:55 Substitution

Substitution Richard Taundry on for Adam Chambers.

24:55

David Buchanan has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

24:31

Short corner taken by John Welsh.

24:02

Short corner worked by John Welsh, clearance by Alex Nicholls.

22:40

Kevan Hurst challenges Robbie Weir unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jose Baxter produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Jimmy Walker.

22:31

The ball is crossed by Adam McGurk, Emmanuele Smith manages to make a clearance.

21:32

David Raven delivers the ball, Darryl Westlake makes a clearance.

20:06

Jose Baxter takes a shot. Save made by Jimmy Walker.

19:51

Centre by Adam McGurk, Mat Sadler manages to make a clearance.

18:39

Adam Chambers produces a cross, clearance made by David Raven.

17:19

Alex Nicholls takes a shot. Save by Owain Fon Williams.

13:14

Enoch Showunmi is caught offside. Emmanuele Smith restarts play with the free kick.

12:06

The referee gives a free kick against Alex Nicholls for handball. Owain Fon Williams takes the indirect free kick.

10:03

Anton Peterlin produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.

9:32

Corner taken right-footed by Kevan Hurst from the left by-line to the near post, save by Owain Fon Williams.

8:49

Adam McGurk sends in a cross.

8:36

The ball is swung over by John Welsh, clearance made by Darryl Westlake.

8:09

John Welsh decides to take a short corner.

5:05

The ball is crossed by Adam McGurk, Jimmy Walker makes a save.

4:41

The ball is swung over by Jamie Paterson, save made by Owain Fon Williams.

1:45

Enoch Showunmi concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Butler. Free kick taken by Jimmy Walker.

1:29

The ball is delivered by Kevan Hurst, clearance made by David Raven.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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