Ian Dunbavin admitted seeing Tom Bender unconscious was one of the worst moments of his life.
The 30-year-old admitted he took it badly after he was involved in the collision with Bender which left the defender needing extensive treatment on the pitch and a scan on his brain on Tuesday night.
The goalkeeper’s dad rung the Blackburn Royal Hospital to speak to Tom’s dad Lee.
"I felt awful," said Dunbavin. "It did really shake me up as I have never been part of anything like that in my life and I never want to be again. I never want to see anyone like that again.
"Tom had headed the ball out for a corner and he has been pushed by their centre-forward and landed onto my fist and shoulder. It all happened so quickly so I am not really sure which part of my body him.
"The game had carried on but when he hadn’t got up after a minute I knew something was wrong.
"He just wasn’t moving and I was desperate just to see him move and see a sign of life but the medical staff were brilliant."
A Tranmere fan behind the goal, who works as an accident and emergency consultant, jumped on the pitch to help while Tranmere physio Gregg Blundell and Stanley’s Joe Hinnigan and club doctor Joyce Watson all contributed to treating Bender.
"They were all brilliant," said Dunbavin. "Especially the Tranmere fan.¿He came from nowhere and was a big help. It was hard waiting for the ambulance to arrive as it did seem to take such a long time and they were saying he was drifting in and out of consciousness.
"I would have played on but I was glad when it was abandoned.
"My dad phoned the hospital later in the night and spoke to Tom’s dad just as Tom had been given the all-clear and that was a huge relief.
"Seeing a team-mate like that is obviously not nice and I felt worse because I was a part of putting him there.
"But hopefully he is on the road to recovery now and will be back playing sooner rather than later."