"It’s going to be tough and anyone that thinks any differently is deluded”
Paul Lambert says his team will be doing everything possible to make an instant return to the Championship but there has to be some realism in expectation.
Blues begin the League One campaign against Burton tomorrow with a number of players missing with injury, with Jordan Roberts another concern having been sidelined since the friendly at Colchester.
“We will do everything possible to have a good season. We will do everything we can to play good football and ultimately the aim is to try and be successful and get up.
“There has to be some realism in there as well though. We are short in areas in the squad and we also have a young side. Some of the players are untried, some have not played many games and we need a bit of experience in there to help them along.
“Flynn Downes has been great for us. You saw his inexperience at Notts County last week though. He was high energy and enthusiastic but he reacted to a tackle and got sent-off. An experienced player may well have walked away from that situation.
“League One is a really hard league. There are a lot of good teams in there and like us, they will be looking to be successful. It’s going to be tough and anyone that thinks any differently is deluded.”