Ever-present Les welcomes big test

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TRANMERE manager Les Parry will keep up an amazing record when the Owls take on his team.

The Rovers boss has an unbroken record of almost 20 years’ service with the club as physio then manager and will be in the dugout for the 1,001st consecutive time tomorrow.

He reached the 1,000 mark with last Saturday’s 1-0 home FA Cup defeat against Cheltenham.

Parry was appointed manager two years ago after the sacking of John Barnes.

Tranmere were in the bottom four when Barnes left but Parry saved them from relegation.

He also kept them up last season, nine points clear of the relegation zone, despite having one of the lowest budgets in the division.

Now he relishes tomorrow’s game: “This is the ideal game to get last week’s disappointment out of our system.

“If I had to pick a fixture after losing last Saturday it would be against one of the better sides in the division. In the past we’ve had disappointing results and then bounced back against one of the top sides.

“Our fans are used to that.

“Last season we went from losing consecutive home games to teams below us to beating teams who were on the way to getting automatic promotion.”