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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.

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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