Optimistic Campbell hoping to strike goals

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

DJ Campbell believes Blackburn Rovers’ have a strike force to envy as he looks to open his own account to boost the club’s bid for the play-offs.

The striker is yet to get off the mark since joining on loan from QPR earlier this month, having returned to the team in Saturday’s goalless draw at home to Leeds.

Striker Leon Best is hoping to move a step closer to his first team return in today’s reserve game at Middlesbrough, with Rhodes, Campbell and Kazim-Richards all battling for the striking slots.

Campbell said: “It (firepower) is as good as any in the league. We are trying to work each other’s games out.

“I am more determined to get back there having experienced the Premier League.

“I chose the team because of the players we’ve got and I spoke to the manager and was impressed with his ideas. With a few more additions this is a Premier League team.

“Once the players click together I am sure we will start to win games.

“A lot of people expected Blackburn to win the Championship.

“We need to start to win a few games and I need to stick a few chances in the back of the net.”

Saturday’s draw leaves Rovers still seven points adrift of the play-off places but, with 13 games to go, Campbell insists the top six is still a realistic target.

He said: “We have 13 games left and the gaffer said that all it needs is three or four wins on the bounce and we will be right up there.

“We have not done badly recently, this is a brilliant club with a new manager trying to get his ideas across and lots of new players.

“We are all sticking together and once we win a few games you will see the quality come through.

“We should be fighting for the automatic places, but I think that is beyond us although we are only seven points off the play-offs and that is achievable. I did it with Blackpool and Reading did it last season.”

He continued: “The pitch wasn’t the best. Both teams plugged away to get the win.

“It was a game of very few chances. A point gained rather than lost and a point closer to where we want to be in the play-offs.”

Campbell added that he hoped the Rovers fans were appreciating the forward momentum at Ewood Park.

Campbell said: “I wasn’t here with Steve Kean, but watching it from the outside it is the fans who make the club and they pay their hard-earned money they deserve the players and manager to give their all and for some reason it wasn’t happening.”

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8:43am Mon 25 Feb 13

Hovis1945 says...

I have copied my comment from another topic, it seems more relevant here.

I commented about DJ near the end of the game saying 'what has that guy done since he came on'. The guy in front of me said 'He's been on since the beginning' - I said - 'exactly'!!!
I have copied my comment from another topic, it seems more relevant here. I commented about DJ near the end of the game saying 'what has that guy done since he came on'. The guy in front of me said 'He's been on since the beginning' - I said - 'exactly'!!! Hovis1945
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8:51am Mon 25 Feb 13

Riverside 7 says...

I agree with Hovis 1945.
Campbell was appalling on Saturday and contributed absolutely nothing.
How he stayed on the pitch for the full 90 minutes whilst Gomes and Goodwillie remained sat on the bench - only Appleton can tell us.
If we do bring in even more loan players, then they have got to be better than those we already have.
I agree with Hovis 1945. Campbell was appalling on Saturday and contributed absolutely nothing. How he stayed on the pitch for the full 90 minutes whilst Gomes and Goodwillie remained sat on the bench - only Appleton can tell us. If we do bring in even more loan players, then they have got to be better than those we already have. Riverside 7
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9:00am Mon 25 Feb 13

dangerous dave says...

These idiots never learn - spouting big words and promises - its about time they did their talking on the field - carry on as they are and we will be lucky to be mid table at the end of the season.
OUT WITH THE LOT OF THEM
These idiots never learn - spouting big words and promises - its about time they did their talking on the field - carry on as they are and we will be lucky to be mid table at the end of the season. OUT WITH THE LOT OF THEM dangerous dave
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9:06am Mon 25 Feb 13

Iiii1111 says...

This the same 'strike-force' that's scored zero goals the last two games!
This the same 'strike-force' that's scored zero goals the last two games! Iiii1111
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9:14am Mon 25 Feb 13

Harwoodstblue says...

Riverside 7 wrote:
I agree with Hovis 1945.
Campbell was appalling on Saturday and contributed absolutely nothing.
How he stayed on the pitch for the full 90 minutes whilst Gomes and Goodwillie remained sat on the bench - only Appleton can tell us.
If we do bring in even more loan players, then they have got to be better than those we already have.
I think Appleton kept Campbell on the pitch because he "is rusty" as Andy Cryer said.
He needs to get some game time under his belt, as does Bentley or they'll never be match fit. If you don't play you won't be at your best.
[quote][p][bold]Riverside 7[/bold] wrote: I agree with Hovis 1945. Campbell was appalling on Saturday and contributed absolutely nothing. How he stayed on the pitch for the full 90 minutes whilst Gomes and Goodwillie remained sat on the bench - only Appleton can tell us. If we do bring in even more loan players, then they have got to be better than those we already have.[/p][/quote]I think Appleton kept Campbell on the pitch because he "is rusty" as Andy Cryer said. He needs to get some game time under his belt, as does Bentley or they'll never be match fit. If you don't play you won't be at your best. Harwoodstblue
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9:56am Mon 25 Feb 13

leitchy says...

"they pay their hard-earned money they deserve the players and manager to give their all"

Yes DJ we do so why don't you start giving your all??? On saturday you were rubbish...Rhodes did all your running for you...Whilst Lowe did all Murphys running......WE CAN'T AFFORD TO CARRY PLAYERS IN OUR TEAM !!
"they pay their hard-earned money they deserve the players and manager to give their all" Yes DJ we do so why don't you start giving your all??? On saturday you were rubbish...Rhodes did all your running for you...Whilst Lowe did all Murphys running......WE CAN'T AFFORD TO CARRY PLAYERS IN OUR TEAM !! leitchy
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11:20am Mon 25 Feb 13

Riverside 7 says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
Riverside 7 wrote:
I agree with Hovis 1945.
Campbell was appalling on Saturday and contributed absolutely nothing.
How he stayed on the pitch for the full 90 minutes whilst Gomes and Goodwillie remained sat on the bench - only Appleton can tell us.
If we do bring in even more loan players, then they have got to be better than those we already have.
I think Appleton kept Campbell on the pitch because he "is rusty" as Andy Cryer said.
He needs to get some game time under his belt, as does Bentley or they'll never be match fit. If you don't play you won't be at your best.
Well I could accept the likes of Leon Best being a bit rusty after being out since August after a serious injury but not Campbell.
Campbell played 17 times for Ipswich in the 3 month period to 5th October to 5th January 2013.
He then returned to QPR before joining Rovers on 8th February.
He has been training every day, came on after 57 minutes against Ipswich, and then played a full 90 mnutes at Brighton and came on after 58 minutes at Hull.
He certainly shouldn't have been rusty.
Lets be honest he was crap on Saturday and should have been replaced.
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Riverside 7[/bold] wrote: I agree with Hovis 1945. Campbell was appalling on Saturday and contributed absolutely nothing. How he stayed on the pitch for the full 90 minutes whilst Gomes and Goodwillie remained sat on the bench - only Appleton can tell us. If we do bring in even more loan players, then they have got to be better than those we already have.[/p][/quote]I think Appleton kept Campbell on the pitch because he "is rusty" as Andy Cryer said. He needs to get some game time under his belt, as does Bentley or they'll never be match fit. If you don't play you won't be at your best.[/p][/quote]Well I could accept the likes of Leon Best being a bit rusty after being out since August after a serious injury but not Campbell. Campbell played 17 times for Ipswich in the 3 month period to 5th October to 5th January 2013. He then returned to QPR before joining Rovers on 8th February. He has been training every day, came on after 57 minutes against Ipswich, and then played a full 90 mnutes at Brighton and came on after 58 minutes at Hull. He certainly shouldn't have been rusty. Lets be honest he was crap on Saturday and should have been replaced. Riverside 7
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1:08pm Mon 25 Feb 13

moh says...

Riverside 7 wrote:
I agree with Hovis 1945. Campbell was appalling on Saturday and contributed absolutely nothing. How he stayed on the pitch for the full 90 minutes whilst Gomes and Goodwillie remained sat on the bench - only Appleton can tell us. If we do bring in even more loan players, then they have got to be better than those we already have.
The others were not signed by him.
[quote][p][bold]Riverside 7[/bold] wrote: I agree with Hovis 1945. Campbell was appalling on Saturday and contributed absolutely nothing. How he stayed on the pitch for the full 90 minutes whilst Gomes and Goodwillie remained sat on the bench - only Appleton can tell us. If we do bring in even more loan players, then they have got to be better than those we already have.[/p][/quote]The others were not signed by him. moh
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1:16pm Mon 25 Feb 13

fanny.tickler. says...

DJ Campbell is a very poor striker, and how much are you paying him?? Yet another disaster from the laughing stock of English football.
DJ Campbell is a very poor striker, and how much are you paying him?? Yet another disaster from the laughing stock of English football. fanny.tickler.
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1:35pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Harwoodstblue says...

Riverside 7 wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
Riverside 7 wrote:
I agree with Hovis 1945.
Campbell was appalling on Saturday and contributed absolutely nothing.
How he stayed on the pitch for the full 90 minutes whilst Gomes and Goodwillie remained sat on the bench - only Appleton can tell us.
If we do bring in even more loan players, then they have got to be better than those we already have.
I think Appleton kept Campbell on the pitch because he "is rusty" as Andy Cryer said.
He needs to get some game time under his belt, as does Bentley or they'll never be match fit. If you don't play you won't be at your best.
Well I could accept the likes of Leon Best being a bit rusty after being out since August after a serious injury but not Campbell.
Campbell played 17 times for Ipswich in the 3 month period to 5th October to 5th January 2013.
He then returned to QPR before joining Rovers on 8th February.
He has been training every day, came on after 57 minutes against Ipswich, and then played a full 90 mnutes at Brighton and came on after 58 minutes at Hull.
He certainly shouldn't have been rusty.
Lets be honest he was crap on Saturday and should have been replaced.
Another bad signing then ?
[quote][p][bold]Riverside 7[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Riverside 7[/bold] wrote: I agree with Hovis 1945. Campbell was appalling on Saturday and contributed absolutely nothing. How he stayed on the pitch for the full 90 minutes whilst Gomes and Goodwillie remained sat on the bench - only Appleton can tell us. If we do bring in even more loan players, then they have got to be better than those we already have.[/p][/quote]I think Appleton kept Campbell on the pitch because he "is rusty" as Andy Cryer said. He needs to get some game time under his belt, as does Bentley or they'll never be match fit. If you don't play you won't be at your best.[/p][/quote]Well I could accept the likes of Leon Best being a bit rusty after being out since August after a serious injury but not Campbell. Campbell played 17 times for Ipswich in the 3 month period to 5th October to 5th January 2013. He then returned to QPR before joining Rovers on 8th February. He has been training every day, came on after 57 minutes against Ipswich, and then played a full 90 mnutes at Brighton and came on after 58 minutes at Hull. He certainly shouldn't have been rusty. Lets be honest he was crap on Saturday and should have been replaced.[/p][/quote]Another bad signing then ? Harwoodstblue
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2:32pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Riverside 7 says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
Riverside 7 wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
Riverside 7 wrote:
I agree with Hovis 1945.
Campbell was appalling on Saturday and contributed absolutely nothing.
How he stayed on the pitch for the full 90 minutes whilst Gomes and Goodwillie remained sat on the bench - only Appleton can tell us.
If we do bring in even more loan players, then they have got to be better than those we already have.
I think Appleton kept Campbell on the pitch because he "is rusty" as Andy Cryer said.
He needs to get some game time under his belt, as does Bentley or they'll never be match fit. If you don't play you won't be at your best.
Well I could accept the likes of Leon Best being a bit rusty after being out since August after a serious injury but not Campbell.
Campbell played 17 times for Ipswich in the 3 month period to 5th October to 5th January 2013.
He then returned to QPR before joining Rovers on 8th February.
He has been training every day, came on after 57 minutes against Ipswich, and then played a full 90 mnutes at Brighton and came on after 58 minutes at Hull.
He certainly shouldn't have been rusty.
Lets be honest he was crap on Saturday and should have been replaced.
Another bad signing then ?
Only time will tell whether he proves to be a good loan signing but what I am saying is that he contributed absolutely nothing on Saturday and he should have been replaced.
After all we are paying the likes of Gomes and Goodwillie thousands of pounds per week to sit on the bench.
As for Dunny - where is he? Has anyone seen him?
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Riverside 7[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Riverside 7[/bold] wrote: I agree with Hovis 1945. Campbell was appalling on Saturday and contributed absolutely nothing. How he stayed on the pitch for the full 90 minutes whilst Gomes and Goodwillie remained sat on the bench - only Appleton can tell us. If we do bring in even more loan players, then they have got to be better than those we already have.[/p][/quote]I think Appleton kept Campbell on the pitch because he "is rusty" as Andy Cryer said. He needs to get some game time under his belt, as does Bentley or they'll never be match fit. If you don't play you won't be at your best.[/p][/quote]Well I could accept the likes of Leon Best being a bit rusty after being out since August after a serious injury but not Campbell. Campbell played 17 times for Ipswich in the 3 month period to 5th October to 5th January 2013. He then returned to QPR before joining Rovers on 8th February. He has been training every day, came on after 57 minutes against Ipswich, and then played a full 90 mnutes at Brighton and came on after 58 minutes at Hull. He certainly shouldn't have been rusty. Lets be honest he was crap on Saturday and should have been replaced.[/p][/quote]Another bad signing then ?[/p][/quote]Only time will tell whether he proves to be a good loan signing but what I am saying is that he contributed absolutely nothing on Saturday and he should have been replaced. After all we are paying the likes of Gomes and Goodwillie thousands of pounds per week to sit on the bench. As for Dunny - where is he? Has anyone seen him? Riverside 7
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3:07pm Mon 25 Feb 13

fanny.tickler. says...

David Dunn was last seen giving oral pleasure to Madam Desai on a mid-season trip to Pune.

The lengths these football players will go to in order to earn a new contract.
David Dunn was last seen giving oral pleasure to Madam Desai on a mid-season trip to Pune. The lengths these football players will go to in order to earn a new contract. fanny.tickler.
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4:59pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Chico! says...

fanny.tickler. wrote:
David Dunn was last seen giving oral pleasure to Madam Desai on a mid-season trip to Pune. The lengths these football players will go to in order to earn a new contract.
...and then you woke up, and your Netto baked bean stained Claret onesie had a little warm sticky patch.

Filthy dingle dole chimp.

Bless x
[quote][p][bold]fanny.tickler.[/bold] wrote: David Dunn was last seen giving oral pleasure to Madam Desai on a mid-season trip to Pune. The lengths these football players will go to in order to earn a new contract.[/p][/quote]...and then you woke up, and your Netto baked bean stained Claret onesie had a little warm sticky patch. Filthy dingle dole chimp. Bless x Chico!
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5:27pm Mon 25 Feb 13

67 Bonster says...

Did we all watch the same game Saturday ? neither DJ or Jordon didn't get any good service from the start to the finish, both defences were on top form, Jordon has been on top form since he signed for the club and if you give DJ a chance he will find the back of the net, look what he did for Ipswich in 17 games, 10 goals not bad for a forward who came on loan, give them a chance to gel
Did we all watch the same game Saturday ? neither DJ or Jordon didn't get any good service from the start to the finish, both defences were on top form, Jordon has been on top form since he signed for the club and if you give DJ a chance he will find the back of the net, look what he did for Ipswich in 17 games, 10 goals not bad for a forward who came on loan, give them a chance to gel 67 Bonster
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6:43pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Harwoodstblue says...

Riverside 7 wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
Riverside 7 wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
Riverside 7 wrote:
I agree with Hovis 1945.
Campbell was appalling on Saturday and contributed absolutely nothing.
How he stayed on the pitch for the full 90 minutes whilst Gomes and Goodwillie remained sat on the bench - only Appleton can tell us.
If we do bring in even more loan players, then they have got to be better than those we already have.
I think Appleton kept Campbell on the pitch because he "is rusty" as Andy Cryer said.
He needs to get some game time under his belt, as does Bentley or they'll never be match fit. If you don't play you won't be at your best.
Well I could accept the likes of Leon Best being a bit rusty after being out since August after a serious injury but not Campbell.
Campbell played 17 times for Ipswich in the 3 month period to 5th October to 5th January 2013.
He then returned to QPR before joining Rovers on 8th February.
He has been training every day, came on after 57 minutes against Ipswich, and then played a full 90 mnutes at Brighton and came on after 58 minutes at Hull.
He certainly shouldn't have been rusty.
Lets be honest he was crap on Saturday and should have been replaced.
Another bad signing then ?
Only time will tell whether he proves to be a good loan signing but what I am saying is that he contributed absolutely nothing on Saturday and he should have been replaced.
After all we are paying the likes of Gomes and Goodwillie thousands of pounds per week to sit on the bench.
As for Dunny - where is he? Has anyone seen him?
I agree, why not give Gomez a game or two. There's nothing to lose as he can't be worse than some who are getting a game regularly.
[quote][p][bold]Riverside 7[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Riverside 7[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Riverside 7[/bold] wrote: I agree with Hovis 1945. Campbell was appalling on Saturday and contributed absolutely nothing. How he stayed on the pitch for the full 90 minutes whilst Gomes and Goodwillie remained sat on the bench - only Appleton can tell us. If we do bring in even more loan players, then they have got to be better than those we already have.[/p][/quote]I think Appleton kept Campbell on the pitch because he "is rusty" as Andy Cryer said. He needs to get some game time under his belt, as does Bentley or they'll never be match fit. If you don't play you won't be at your best.[/p][/quote]Well I could accept the likes of Leon Best being a bit rusty after being out since August after a serious injury but not Campbell. Campbell played 17 times for Ipswich in the 3 month period to 5th October to 5th January 2013. He then returned to QPR before joining Rovers on 8th February. He has been training every day, came on after 57 minutes against Ipswich, and then played a full 90 mnutes at Brighton and came on after 58 minutes at Hull. He certainly shouldn't have been rusty. Lets be honest he was crap on Saturday and should have been replaced.[/p][/quote]Another bad signing then ?[/p][/quote]Only time will tell whether he proves to be a good loan signing but what I am saying is that he contributed absolutely nothing on Saturday and he should have been replaced. After all we are paying the likes of Gomes and Goodwillie thousands of pounds per week to sit on the bench. As for Dunny - where is he? Has anyone seen him?[/p][/quote]I agree, why not give Gomez a game or two. There's nothing to lose as he can't be worse than some who are getting a game regularly. Harwoodstblue
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9:22pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Wild Rover says...

Or....an alternative view is that Appy knows what he is doing, being a professional and all. Maybe he has worked out that Gomez is better on a warm pitch and not getting the s**t kicked out of him midwinter in sunny E Lancs
He may also have a view on the shape of the team and the type of players that he wants, just a guess...
Still, the Naysayer has to get his negative fix somehow I suppose
Or....an alternative view is that Appy knows what he is doing, being a professional and all. Maybe he has worked out that Gomez is better on a warm pitch and not getting the s**t kicked out of him midwinter in sunny E Lancs He may also have a view on the shape of the team and the type of players that he wants, just a guess... Still, the Naysayer has to get his negative fix somehow I suppose Wild Rover
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