DJ sure Rovers will make the play-offs

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

DJ CAMPBELL has boldly predicted Blackburn Rovers will “definitely” reach the play-offs as he relishes the opportunity to fire the club back where he believes they belong.

The 31-year-old will go straight into Rovers’ squad for this afternoon’s visit of Ipswich Town, after joining on a three-month loan deal from QPR.

Campbell, who scored 10 goals in 17 loan appearances for Ipswich earlier this season, would only be eligible for a semi-final first leg tie should Rovers reach the end of season lottery – due to his loan stay expiring – but he is just focusing on getting them that far.

Rovers are currently seven points adrift of the Championship top six in 13th but Campbell insists the gap is bridgeable.

He said: “It does sound like a big gap but in my mind it isn’t, it is seven points. As the gaffer said there are 54 points to play for.

“But, yes you would think Blackburn would have been favourites to go up, they were. In that respect you do think they shouldn’t be where they are but for whatever reason it hasn’t worked out.

“We have to look forward, the gaffer has come in, and there is a lot of confidence in the lads. I feel I have made the right decision, it was a no brainer and I believe we will definitely make the play-offs.”

Campbell was involved in a promotion winning side when he helped Birmingham and Blackpool to the top flight and wants more of the same with Rovers.“It is very special being involved in a promotion campaign. You want to play at the highest level you can and the Premier League is the place to be. A club like this should be there.

“It is a travesty for them to be in the Championship, taking nothing away from the Championship. A club of this structure should be playing in the Premier League.

“I think I could play in the first game of the play-offs. It would be a sickener but I just want to help out and do the best I can. Hopefully I could help in the first leg.

“There are a lot of good strikers here. That is football, when you play you have to do the best you can. We are all pushing in the same direction so it is all for the club and all for the team.

“Yes, we all want to play, I love playing football, but it is team game. As long as we are all chipping in and scoring when we play it gives the gaffer a massive headache.”

Since joining QPR from Blackpool in August 2011, Campbell has struggled to make an impression due to a series of injuries and falling out of favour.

Now though, after a successful spell at Ipswich, the former he is relishing the chance to play regular football again.

He said: “Since I left Blackpool, where I scored a lot goals, I have had a lot of injuries and didn’t play much and since then a lot of managers have come and gone and they brought their own ideas and players.

“I missed the boat with a few managers, especially Mark Hughes, he came and I was injured a lot. I didn’t get the chance to show what I can do.

“It has been a frustrating time at QPR, it is a club I supported as a boy and it is my area. I was desperate to play and help the boys out but I couldn’t.

“It was tough, but that is football. I am here now and I was delighted to get out and get a few games with Ipswich at the start of the season, score a few goals and help them because they are a great club.

“I have always believed in myself. I remember my mother said to me one day if no-one believes in you, you are the only one who can believe in you. I have always had that, with all the doubters through my career, to prove them wrong is a buzz for me.”

Campbell was also quick to play down any rift between him and Hull boss Steve Bruce, who accused him of a complete lack of respect when he turned the Tigers down for Rovers.

“I like Steve a lot,” he said. “He has done a lot for my career and gave me my chance in the Premier League.

“I am thankful of him doing that but I was a bit disappointed with him as he knows the kind of person I am, he knows I would not disrespect him or anyone. I am not that kind of person.”

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9:16am Sat 9 Feb 13

Is Eckersley playing? says...

Talks a good game......
Talks a good game...... Is Eckersley playing?
  • Score: 1

9:26am Sat 9 Feb 13

Road Runner Road Runner says...

Is Eckersley playing? wrote:
Talks a good game......
This boy can score goals Mr Eckersley that cannot be disputed - can it ? This as to be a good acquisition giving us a better chance of reaching our goals ?

Arte et labore
[quote][p][bold]Is Eckersley playing?[/bold] wrote: Talks a good game......[/p][/quote]This boy can score goals Mr Eckersley that cannot be disputed - can it ? This as to be a good acquisition giving us a better chance of reaching our goals ? Arte et labore Road Runner Road Runner
  • Score: 10

9:28am Sat 9 Feb 13

dangerous dave says...

Clairvoyant as well then is he!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!
OUT WITH THE LOT OF THEM
Clairvoyant as well then is he!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! OUT WITH THE LOT OF THEM dangerous dave
  • Score: -16

9:41am Sat 9 Feb 13

blueblooded says...

NIKE Sponsor Rovers kit.

Now that's BREAKING NEWS!

woop!
NIKE Sponsor Rovers kit. Now that's BREAKING NEWS! woop! blueblooded
  • Score: 1

9:46am Sat 9 Feb 13

blueblooded says...

dangerous dave wrote:
Clairvoyant as well then is he!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!
OUT WITH THE LOT OF THEM
no..Dave.. they're staying... its you... whose.. OUT...

get it?
[quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: Clairvoyant as well then is he!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! OUT WITH THE LOT OF THEM[/p][/quote]no..Dave.. they're staying... its you... whose.. OUT... get it? blueblooded
  • Score: 10

9:51am Sat 9 Feb 13

rovers india says...

I hope that we reach the playoff. hope dj gets some goal for us. campbell record is far better than kazim. i hope he is in the starting lineup instead of kazim
I hope that we reach the playoff. hope dj gets some goal for us. campbell record is far better than kazim. i hope he is in the starting lineup instead of kazim rovers india
  • Score: 3

9:59am Sat 9 Feb 13

hasslem hasslem says...

blueblooded wrote:
NIKE Sponsor Rovers kit.

Now that's BREAKING NEWS!

woop!
well sort of.....nike bought umbro a few years ago and gradually the umbro kits have been migrating to nike - everton/sunderland being examples this season

i am glad that it will move to nike - as i never liked the spall/ribero iterations of previous years - although asics remains my favourite
[quote][p][bold]blueblooded[/bold] wrote: NIKE Sponsor Rovers kit. Now that's BREAKING NEWS! woop![/p][/quote]well sort of.....nike bought umbro a few years ago and gradually the umbro kits have been migrating to nike - everton/sunderland being examples this season i am glad that it will move to nike - as i never liked the spall/ribero iterations of previous years - although asics remains my favourite hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 2

10:55am Sat 9 Feb 13

Forever Blue & White says...

dangerous dave wrote:
Clairvoyant as well then is he!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!
OUT WITH THE LOT OF THEM
I`ve read so many of your post`s on here and the one consistent thing about all of them is the shear negativity! You really are a glass half full man aren`t you! You are one of those people in life who always looks for the bad instead of the good. I think you should start calling yoursef "Victor Meldew" not Dangerous Dave or maybe "Dangerous Victor"? Your like a record that`sgot stuck and the problem with that is it becomes like wallpaper as people just yawn and ignore it as they`ve heard it all before. Time to change the record "DangerousVictor" as we`re all bored of the current track!
[quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: Clairvoyant as well then is he!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! OUT WITH THE LOT OF THEM[/p][/quote]I`ve read so many of your post`s on here and the one consistent thing about all of them is the shear negativity! You really are a glass half full man aren`t you! You are one of those people in life who always looks for the bad instead of the good. I think you should start calling yoursef "Victor Meldew" not Dangerous Dave or maybe "Dangerous Victor"? Your like a record that`sgot stuck and the problem with that is it becomes like wallpaper as people just yawn and ignore it as they`ve heard it all before. Time to change the record "DangerousVictor" as we`re all bored of the current track! Forever Blue & White
  • Score: 6

11:36am Sat 9 Feb 13

French Rover says...

This DJ will 'spin' the defences round and 'play' them off the park...

Expect goals galore from the Rovers strikers now. Glad to see DJ agrees with me that we will reach the play-offs, well said DJ...
This DJ will 'spin' the defences round and 'play' them off the park... Expect goals galore from the Rovers strikers now. Glad to see DJ agrees with me that we will reach the play-offs, well said DJ... French Rover
  • Score: 3

11:51am Sat 9 Feb 13

Dukes says...

only here to grab the money that's all ask the Blackpool fan.

he will score goals.
only here to grab the money that's all ask the Blackpool fan. he will score goals. Dukes
  • Score: -4

11:52am Sat 9 Feb 13

srvp28 says...

dangerous dave wrote:
Clairvoyant as well then is he!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! OUT WITH THE LOT OF THEM
There's nothing wrong with having a few cocksure players at the club, it breeds confidence in the other players. When the likes of Bellamy and Bentley were at the club I always felt that we had a chance of nicking a result against anybody. If we add a few more players who have as much belief in their ability as those players then we're only going to be a better team because of it. If Campbell had said that he didn't think we could realistically make the play-offs you'd still be in uproar. Seriously, what would make you happy, other than Hendry out?

BTW blueblooded, that was breaking news yesterday... ;)

It's good for us as Nike are renowned for making smart football kits while keeping their traditional designs.
[quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: Clairvoyant as well then is he!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! OUT WITH THE LOT OF THEM[/p][/quote]There's nothing wrong with having a few cocksure players at the club, it breeds confidence in the other players. When the likes of Bellamy and Bentley were at the club I always felt that we had a chance of nicking a result against anybody. If we add a few more players who have as much belief in their ability as those players then we're only going to be a better team because of it. If Campbell had said that he didn't think we could realistically make the play-offs you'd still be in uproar. Seriously, what would make you happy, other than Hendry out? BTW blueblooded, that was breaking news yesterday... ;) It's good for us as Nike are renowned for making smart football kits while keeping their traditional designs. srvp28
  • Score: 4

12:54pm Sat 9 Feb 13

hasslem hasslem says...

French Rover wrote:
This DJ will 'spin' the defences round and 'play' them off the park...

Expect goals galore from the Rovers strikers now. Glad to see DJ agrees with me that we will reach the play-offs, well said DJ...
get your glenn miller platters out!
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: This DJ will 'spin' the defences round and 'play' them off the park... Expect goals galore from the Rovers strikers now. Glad to see DJ agrees with me that we will reach the play-offs, well said DJ...[/p][/quote]get your glenn miller platters out! hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 2

2:07pm Sat 9 Feb 13

noddy57 says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
French Rover wrote:
This DJ will 'spin' the defences round and 'play' them off the park...

Expect goals galore from the Rovers strikers now. Glad to see DJ agrees with me that we will reach the play-offs, well said DJ...
get your glenn miller platters out!
calm down,its all well and good for old gold tooth saying we will reach the play offs,l hope its not the kiss of death, its no skin off cambells nose wether we get there or not ,,he will still get the big wages,and we will have to keep dreaming,
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: This DJ will 'spin' the defences round and 'play' them off the park... Expect goals galore from the Rovers strikers now. Glad to see DJ agrees with me that we will reach the play-offs, well said DJ...[/p][/quote]get your glenn miller platters out![/p][/quote]calm down,its all well and good for old gold tooth saying we will reach the play offs,l hope its not the kiss of death, its no skin off cambells nose wether we get there or not ,,he will still get the big wages,and we will have to keep dreaming, noddy57
  • Score: -3

5:18pm Sat 9 Feb 13

French Rover says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
French Rover wrote:
This DJ will 'spin' the defences round and 'play' them off the park...

Expect goals galore from the Rovers strikers now. Glad to see DJ agrees with me that we will reach the play-offs, well said DJ...
get your glenn miller platters out!
they have gone missing......
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: This DJ will 'spin' the defences round and 'play' them off the park... Expect goals galore from the Rovers strikers now. Glad to see DJ agrees with me that we will reach the play-offs, well said DJ...[/p][/quote]get your glenn miller platters out![/p][/quote]they have gone missing...... French Rover
  • Score: 1

10:05pm Sat 9 Feb 13

bluerob says...

Save your breath DJ, we have heard it all before.

We are now only interested in action not words.
Save your breath DJ, we have heard it all before. We are now only interested in action not words. bluerob
  • Score: -1

7:48am Sun 10 Feb 13

MatthewCA says...

Just WIN each match..........get max points to stay alive in the table. Be with the team. I feel all the forward names carry goals in there name.......Gomes, Kazim,Rhodes,Goodwil
lie,Campbell,Leon, King.

Only action to win each game.
Just WIN each match..........get max points to stay alive in the table. Be with the team. I feel all the forward names carry goals in there name.......Gomes, Kazim,Rhodes,Goodwil lie,Campbell,Leon, King. Only action to win each game. MatthewCA
  • Score: 0

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