The Football League Paper - - GUY BRANSTON -

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.

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