BURTON BRAVES HAVE TO GO FOR BROKE
I’D love my old club Burton to survive in the Championship, but it’s such a tall order. The teams they’re up against are just so strong. Personally, I think they’ll go down. I don’t think they play good enough football to go and beat teams. All they can really do is look to hang in there and try to nick a goal. That’s no slight on Nigel Clough. I think he’d love to play more expansively and have a proper go at opponents.
But other Championship sides have just got too much in the locker and his players aren’t of a high enough standard to cope.
Ignore Newcastle and Aston Villa. Even Bristol City, their relegation rivals, have spent money on a scale Burton can only dream of.
When Rotherham stayed up last year, we talked as if they’d swum the Channel. But Burton are a club with 25 per cent of Rotherham’s backing, support and pedigree. For them to even be at that level is unbelievable and chairman Ben Robinson deserves a huge pat on the back.
All they can really do is stick together as a group, and go in with no fear.
If you’re expected to lose anyway, what’s the worst that can happen?
But, above all, they’ve got to enjoy it. To be in a Championship relegation battle is a hell of a lot better than being mid-table in League Two. They’re blessed to be testing themselves against great players every week, so I say embrace it. I’d love to be in their position.