CHELTENHAM TOWN - BRISTOL ROVERS
Martin Allen was appointed Cheltenham's new boss yesterday, this was an "appointment in waiting" and they were just delaying until after the Hartlepool game on Friday, to announce things. Allen is a proven operator at this level and a relegation battle, which believe me, even at this early stage Town are well and truly in, is right up his street !
I get the impression that success might have gone to his head a little , he was certainly flavour of the month for a while and I am sure that following a year out of work, he will return a little more humble and hungrier than ever . MA is a great motivator and will be jumping in local rivers and cycling to games, anything to get his team going and whilst he can hardly be termed a tactical genius, his enthusiasm tends to rub off on these lower league players and even after just a couple of days, we could see the benefit immediately.
To be honest, I would prefer that they were facing a different opponent, Rovers are a team I rate, in a false position in the league and this is a local derby. Having said that, they have conceded eleven in their last three starts, so at least defensively, confidence must be very low. They will be looking to keep things tight, especially early in the game. At level ball, we can give the home side, who are sure to come "flying out of the blocks", a little of our money.
5.5 points Cheltenham level ball 2.08 asian line.