Derby's Mears: Stoke can survive in Premiership

Derby County fullback Tyrone Mears says Stoke City's players should have no fear ahead of next season's Premiership campaign.

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Despite Derby's disastrous time in the top-flight, Mears says: "Of course it's a good time for the likes of Stoke to go up. When they say it's too early, I think 'When is the right time to go up from the Championship?' It's always going to be a massive struggle because you're competing with teams spending unbelievable amounts of money.

"You are coming up against fantastic players, but if you mix the hard-working players you've had in the Championship with a few quality players who can change things, then you've a really good chance."

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