Bristol Rovers preview

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Christian Montano has been handed a second chance in English football by Darrell Clarke. The West Ham young product was caught up in a alleged spot fixing scandal during his Oldham Athletic days, and was subsequently sacked by then manager Lee Johnson in December 2013. Amidst his time away from England, the 23-year-old moved to his homeland, Columbia, to maintain fitness and gain valuable game time with America De Cali. If the winger is back to his best he can certainly offer a considerable amount of pace and skill to trouble League One defences. He proved in his time with Oldham that he’s not afraid to take a player on, and this fearlessness is perfect for a team looking to consolidate their place in the Football League.

Key Player

Chris Lines offers a wealth of experience and leadership to an otherwise untested Pirates line-up. The midfield was playing regular Championship under Dave Jones at Sheffield Wednesday just over 3 years ago, but has since fell into relative unknown ness after falling out of favour at the club. He spend the back end of last term on loan at the Memorial Stadium from Port Vale and signed a 2 year permanent deal to secure a return to his boyhood club. The 29-year-old offers a wide range of passing ,as well as pinpoint set pieces which he displayed last season with Port vale against the likes of Tranmere Rovers and MK Dons while with the Valliant’s.

 Prediction

Lines is in his second spell at the Memorial Stadium
Lines is in his second spell at the Memorial Stadium

Darrell Clarke guided Bristol Rovers back to the Football League with a play-off victory over Eastleigh at Wembley. Rovers managed to stay with champions Barnet but ultimately didn’t have enough to gain promotion automatically. This was captain Lee Mansell’s second Conference triumph after leading Torquay to League Two in 2009. The 32-year-old midfielder made nearly 400 appearances for the Devon club but never has never played above the forth tier. The Pirates conceded the least goals in the Conference last term but were over 20 goals adrift of Champions Barnet’s total. Keeping this tight defence will be vital for them to reach there expectations in League Two

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