Rovers brace themselves for huge battle

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LES Parry, the Tranmere Rovers manager, has described today’s meeting with Sheffield United at Prenton Park as “massive.”

Danny Wilson’s squad travel to the Wirral having won their first four games following Tuesday’s victory over Walsall.

Parry, whose side dispatched Chesterfield on the opening day of the League One season, said: “They’ve started like a house on fire and as a club coming down that’s what they’ll have been hoping for.

“Some clubs have trouble coming to terms with our league but they haven’t so we’ve got to put a stop to them.

“They’re a good side and they’ve got quality players but they’re in our division and we’ll play them on an even keel.”

Parry added: “It’s a massive game and they don’t come much tougher than this.”

Rovers striker Enoch Showunmi, whose combative presence Wilson believes could pose one of the visitors’ greatest threats, echoed those sentiments.

“They are unbeaten this season and so it should be a good game,” the former Sheffield Wednesday loanee said. “But last season we played better against the better teams which they look as if they’re going to be.

“In this league you need to make a good start because if you don’t then you’re playing catch-up.”

Rovers, who have also kicked-off the campaign in encouraging fashion, will be forced to make at least two changes with Dave Raven and Adam McGurk both suspended after being sent-off against Notts County in midweek.

Ian Goodison is expected to be declared fit despite a receiving a blow to the head at Meadow Lane.

Michael Kay and Zoumana Bakayogo stand-by.

“Ian has got more of a cut than concussion,” Parry said. “He’ll need a bandage to stop it splitting open though.”