WE’RE all used to managers putting on a brave face to the media when a cup draw gives the team a pairing that falls short of what they were hoping for.
Les Parry ignored such conventions when confronted by the FA Cup first round draw that takes Rovers to Bournemouth next weekend.
“I did not want an away tie and I did not want to have to travel overnight,” Parry confessed. “I did not want to play a team in our division and if it was going to be a team in our division, I did not want one of those at the top. We are facing one of the longest journeys we could have had to play a team in a rich vein of form.
“If you go and play a team like Sheffield Wednesday, you get a big crowd and a bit of a payday. But Bournemouth’s crowds are similar to our own so will make no money on it.
“If I had listed the 79 other teams in the draw in order of preference, Bournemouth would probably have been 79th.”