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Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke gives damningly honest assessment of 5-1 defeat to Swansea

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke has given a damningly honest assessment of his side's 5-1 defeat to Swansea.

When asked if he expected to face anyone as strong as his Premier League opponents next season Clarke said: "Let's bloody hope not!"

He was speaking after Saturday's gruelling defeat at the Memorial Stadium - with goals from Andre Ayew, Leroy Fer, Kyle Naughton and Wayne Routledge.

Forest Green striker joins Colchester United

Kurtis Guthrie joins Colchester United Credit: Forest Green Rovers

Forest Green Rovers striker, Kurtis Guthrie, has agreed a deal to join League 2 side, Colchester United.

The Us were relegated from League 1 at the end of last season.

Guthrie moves to the Essex club from Forest Green Rovers, who were beaten by Grimsby in the National League play-off final at Wembley in May.

The 23 year old spent two seasons with the Green Devils and made 43 league appearances for them last term, scoring 11 goals.

Jersey-born Guthrie earned his first professional contract in 2011 at League 2 club, Accrington Stanley, and went onto have spells with Bath City, Welling and Forest Green before securing his move back to the Football League with Colchester.

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FOOTBALL: Lee Tomlin signs for Bristol City

Operations Manager Mark Ashton, New signing Lee Tomlin and Head Coach Lee Johnson at Ashton Gate today Credit: Bristol City FC

Lee Tomlin has signed a three-year contract to complete a switch from Premier League side AFC Bournemouth for an undisclosed fee.

He spent part of last season at Ashton Gate on loan - scoring six goals in 18 appearances

From the day the season finished I just wanted to come back.

I loved every minute of my loan spell at Bristol City; the people and the fans.

It was stressful at times this summer but I was just so desperate to come here. I can’t thank Steve Lansdown, Mark Ashton and the gaffer enough for making it happen.

It feels like a big weight off my shoulders now that it’s done. Hopefully I can start where I left off from last season.

– Lee Tomlin
Lee Tomlin in action for City against Hull in April Credit: PA

Head coach Lee Johnson says the club is delighted to welcome Lee back to Ashton Gate.

I believe we’ve signed the most talented player at Championship level in terms of ability. He was fantastic for us last season and I believe his best football is ahead of him.

– Lee Johnson, Head Coach, Bristol City

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Plymouth Argyle lose promotion play-off

Plymouth Argyle have missed out on a place in League One after losing to Wimbledon in the playoff final at Wembley.

Wimbledon scored with 10 minutes remaining and sealed victory with a penalty in extra time to break Argyle hearts.

Our reporter Jacquie Bird was at Wembley with the thousands of Pilgrim fans who'd made the trip to watch their side take on Wimbledon.

Rovers boss becomes highest paid manager in club's history

The future of Bristol Rovers boss Darrel Clarke is finally clear today as the club announce he has signed another three year deal.

Amid speculation he could leave the team, following an approach by Leeds United, the freshly-signed contract makes Clarke the highest paid manager in the club's history.

Darrell Clarke, Bristol Rovers Manager Credit: ITV West Country

The manager - who has been at the helm since March 2014 and guided Rovers back into the Football League in 2015, before the club were promoted once again, this season.

Darrell believes that the ambitions of Bristol Rovers match his own and is looking forward to the challenge of preparing the club for life back in Sky Bet League One for the 2016/17 campaign.

– Bristol Rovers
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