Cheltenham Town: Pack backs Wilson to shine at Robins
MARLON Pack has backed his Bristol City team mate James Wilson to help stop the defensive woes that have blighted Cheltenham Town's start to the season.
Midfielder Pack left Whaddon Road in the summer to join League One City, who have allowed Cheltenham to take Wales Under-21 international Wilson on loan for an initial month.
He will go straight into the starting line-up at centre-back against Oxford United this afternoon (3pm).
The 24-year-old has plenty of Championship experience, with more than 50 appearances for the Ashton Gate club.
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Pack has been impressed with Wilson in training and has backed him to be a big hit at Cheltenham.
"James is strong, athletic and mobile," Pack said.
"He can play football too, which you have to be able to when you are in the Championship, where he played regularly too seasons ago.
"For a player of his age, he has all the qualities you want and I'd say he'll be an ideal partner for Stevie Elliott."
Pack, who was back at Whaddon Road last week to watch Cheltenham take on his home club Portsmouth, played a part in Wilson's switch.
Robins boss Mark Yates approached him at the game to ask his opinions on Wilson, who in turn asked Pack about Cheltenham.
"I told the gaffer (Yates) last Saturday that Wilson would be a good signing for Cheltenham," Pack said.
"I know he is good friends with David Noble from when they were at Bristol City together and I don't think he took much persuading, but I only said good things about Cheltenham.
"He is eager to play football and I am not sure if he features in the plans of the gaffer (Sean O'Driscoll) here."
Cheltenham are waiting on their most experienced defender Steve Elliott, who is carrying a knock, but expected to be OK to face Oxford, who have won all three of their away games in League Two this season.
Fellow centre-half Troy Brown (hamstring) is out for another two weeks and 18-year-old prospect Ryan Inniss has returned to Premier League parent club Crystal Palace after four appearances on loan for the Robins.