Mar 8 2010 by Nick Hilton, Liverpool Echo
TRANMERE’S 2-1 success over Southampton put the cap on a memorable week for boss Les Parry.
The long-serving physio-turned-manager was honoured with a special award from the Echo last Monday, saw his transfer kitty swelled by £10,000 raised through a supporters’ trust initiative on Thursday, then collected three points in the battle for League One survival.
“It’s been a great week,” Parry said.
“I just hope we can round it off by getting another good result against Leeds on Tuesday.”
Parry believes the victory over Southampton may prove more valuable than the historical landmark they set against the same opponents nine years ago.
Rovers’ 4-3 success against the Saints in 2001 made national headlines and took John Aldridge’s team into the last eight of the FA Cup.
The value of the 2-1 win at Prenton Park on Saturday was to nudge Tranmere four points clear of the League One relegation zone.
Parry said: “For me this was more important than the famous cup win because I think survival in any division is always more important than the cup matches.
“On a personal level it comes above 2001 because I am the manager now and I do get that little bit of pride from it. Every game we have left this season is going to be as massive as this one and if the lads apply themselves like they did, we should see ourselves climb into the middle of the table.”
The victory, secured by goals from Marlon Broomes on three minutes and an Ian Thomas-Moore penalty on 85, confounded the form book
and Parry admitted: “I would have accepted a draw before the game because Southampton are in great form. It was a coupon buster. There will be a lot of people who lost money on this result and I love coupon busters.”
Parry had some sympathy for Southampton manager Alan Pardew’s strong criticism of referee Peter Quinn.
“To be fair to Southampton, I thought the referee got big decisions wrong for both teams,” Parry said.
Rovers introduced Bas Savage into the game on 67 minutes, giving the tall striker his first taste of senior action since he ruptured his Achilles tendon in a match at Leeds United last April.
Parry said: “Bas was nervous. When he came on you could see what we have been missing, even if he was a bit rusty and did not pull up any trees. He did as much as we expected him to do and it was a massive step for Bas in his recovery.”
Rovers may have fitness doubts over Broomes (bruised big toe) and midfielder Paul McLaren (virus) for the Leeds game.