Tranmere Rovers vs Macclesfield Town – Three Stand Out Stars

By Josh Roberts

Every Tranmere fan is aware of last night’s disappointing loss to Macclesfield in the top of the table clash effectively ending any chance of automatic promotion.

The Rovers players didn’t cover themselves in glory in terms of performances with only Steve McNulty coming out of the match with a half decent performance, but even he couldn’t make our stand out list.

Here are our three choices for the stand out stars from last night;

Shwan Jalal

The Macclesfield ‘keeper was at the top of his game unfortunately for Rovers as he pulled off three superb saves over the course of the match, with two at pivotal points of the game.

His first save was thwarting Andy Cook in a one-on-one situation in the opening ten minutes, he rushed out, spread himself and saved well when it looked certain the Tranmere man would score.

His second was a fantastic reaction save from an Ollie Norburn strike which deflected widely. Jalal was diving to his left before righting himself to dive to his left to palm the strike away to keep the score at 2 – 1 and deny Rovers a second equaliser.

His third was once the game was won for Town but still impressive nonetheless. Richie Sutton powered a header towards goal like looked to be nothing more than a consolation but it wasn’t to be even that as Macclesfield’s no.1 flew to his left to touch the ball onto the bar and out of play.

Elliot Durrell

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Elliott Durrell celebrating after scoring Macclesfield fourth goal of the evening (Picture from Peter Hilton Photography)

The diminutive no.7 was booed throughout the first half by the home fans for ‘feigning’ injury a couple of times but he soon made sure the boos stopped with his second half performance.

He came alive after the break along with the rest of his teammates and scored two of the three goals that secured the game in a 10 minute period.

He tormented Liam Ridehalgh and Sutton on the left side of the Tranmere defensive and deservedly got his goals on the night.

His first should have been dealt with by Scott Davies, but Durrell’s strike was strong enough to beat the Tranmere ‘keeper.

His second was a Macclesfield break that was clinically put away as Durrell found himself in space on the right before unleashing a rasping shot across Scott Davies to score the fourth and final goal of the night.

The Super White Army

For the second time this season the Super White Army make our three stand out stars list after a disappointing Tranmere defeat in which the players let the Rovers faithful down on the pitch.

The Kop were in full voice 45 minutes before kick-off and the sound level didn’t dip all evening despite the quality of performance the Super Whites served up.

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The fans were a credit to themselves with the full array of songs being sung off the hymn sheet.

It was another match when the fans were full of expectation but were left wanting, but once again the fans stood up and were counted with their superb support.

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