NIGEL Clough says that his players will have to ‘defy the odds’ to stay in The Championship.The Brewers boss said: “We are favourites for relegation but we are going to enjoy it and give it everything we have got.
"We know we will have to maximise our budget and that we can’t afford mistakes. We need to be fortunate with the players we drop onto. They need to stay fit and have good seasons.
"You see it in football sometimes - it happened to Ian Holloway at Blackpool. We aren’t talking about getting promoted like they did but all of a sudden he assembled a squad that clicked, everything fitted, they all stayed fit and players had the season of their careers.
"We have to do something like that to stay in the league.
"We have to defy the odds and we have to get players in who want to defy the odds, who when we go to St James’s Park in front of 50,000 people aren’t going to be intimidated by it.
"When you are talking about Villa Park, Elland Road and the City Ground you are at a different level again and have to be able to handle that.
"If we take a couple of beatings – and we probably will. We need the right kind of characters to bounce back from that.
"We are going to have to have that bouncebackability at times."