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Frain: Drop would be disastrous.

Colin Tattum Our man with Blues Tweet:.Colin Tattum FORMER Blues stalwart John Frain thinks it would be 'disastrous' if Blues were relegated from the Championship.

Frain saw pretty much everything during an 11-year St Andrew's career.

And he knows exactly the pressure Lee Clark and his side are under right now.

Five points clear of the relegation zone but in 20th place, Blues have a crunch fixture at Doncaster Rovers tomorrow.

"If Blues did go down it would be disastrous," said Frain, who was part of the last side to drop into the third tier, in 1993-94.

"No division is easy in football any more.

"Yes, I know Wolves look as if they will win League One after their relegation.

"But their circumstances are a lot different to Blues',' off the field. It is a different situation.

"It is imperative that Blues stay up.

"They are five points clear and obviously you prefer that than five points adrift.

"I remember a season similar when I was at Northampton Town but we were at the bottom of the table and were reliant on other teams. That is a worse situation to be in.

"With Charlton having games in hand and Barnsley, it's a massive game this weekend.

"The win at Millwall was huge and it's that sort of performance they are going to have to give at Doncaster.

"When you are in this kind of position, the confidence within the squad will be quite fragile," Frain added. "It's bound to be.

"The pressure does build and build and you get uptight mentally.

"It is so important that the players just put everything out of their minds and think 'we are where we are, let's deal with this.'.

"There are six weeks to go and everyone needs to get behind them much as possible.

"I know it's easy for me to say but it's true.

There's been that feeling of apathy almost at the ground this season.

"The team are really in the mire, a desperate situation, and they need as much encouragement they can get.

"Everyone is aware the home has been awful, but there are games to play at St Andrew's that are going be vital.

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"They will be going back to their at the end of the season regardless.

If Blues end up in a different division, then it is not their problem. I am not saying they don't care or won't put it in. But when you have to use the loan system so much there can be problems.

"Lee Clark has had to build a side within a season and then just when it was settled has had to do it all over again as players have gone back to their clubs.

"I know he has been getting a bit of stick and like any manager he has made mistakes.

"And it's the results that ultimately matter.

"He has been trying different players and formations because he's not getting what he is expecting, and that's where players also have to take responsibility.

p y because h what hand play to bbsn "Blues have been very inconsistent, you are never sure what kind of performance you are going to get.

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"To be honest, I don't think too many managers would do much better at this present time.

"And you can see how much he cares and how much it means, when he kicked that advertising hoarding the other week.

"If they all stick together, the supporters, the squad, and the players stay strong, then yes, they can see it through," Frain concluded.
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