Mears eyes Premier League survival

The right-back was a member of the Derby side which almost sank

without trace in the top-flight campaign of 2007/8 and he finds

himself in another scrap for survival at Turf Moor. However, Mears

believes Burnley are better equipped than the Rams were and is

confident they can beat the odds to stay up. “I had a bit of a

nightmare with Derby. It’s hard for promoted teams to come up and

compete, you always find it difficult,” he said. “We were a bad

team, but here I think the bonding is still there, the lads are

still close. I’ve seen it when times get tough and players turn on

each other – that’s not happened here. “Everyone’s stuck together

and we’re still digging in and hopefully that can help us.”