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Optimistic Campbell hoping to strike goals
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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