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DJ’s delight as Campbell makes it lucky number 13 for Ipswich Town

PUBLISHED: 18:05 03 November 2012

DJ Campbell

DJ Campbell

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Birmingham v Ipswich: Matchwinner DJ Campbell believes Town were good value for their 1-0 victory at St Andrews – the Blues’ first win in 13 matches.

"I am delighted to score – that’s my job, that’s why I was brought here and that’s what I love doing"

DJ Campbell

The striker gave England reserve keeper Jack Butland no chance with a fierce drive in the ninth minute as Mick McCarthy started his Ipswich Town reign with a victory.

Campbell’s corker, his third since signing on loan from QPR, was followed by a solid, sometimes backs-to-the-wall, performance with Nikola Zigic missing two golden chances for the home side in the second half.

But the striker said: “Without a shadow of doubt, we deserved it. I am delighted for the boys.

“When I signed, I knew how good the squad was – just hadn’t fallen for us. But after today, I think we will be fine and move up the table.”

Of his winner, he explained: “I’ve had a bit of fortune so far (with my other goals), but Lee(Martin) shot, I just tried to read it and thankfully I managed to hit in and it went in.

“I am delighted to score – that’s my job, that’s why I was brought here and that’s what I love doing.”

“But the most important thing is the team getting points on the board.”

McCarthy was appointed on Thursday following a week-long managerial search after Paul Jewell’s departure by mutual consent.

Campbell added: “We have a great bunch of lads here. With Paul, their attitude was spot-on, we have just been unlucky as it has not really fallen for us.

“With the new gaffer and TC (Terry Connor), it’s been great, they are great.

“It is a good feeling – we haven’t felt like this for a while. We need to kick on and move up the table.”

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says he expects keeper Bartosz Bialkowski to still be at the club come the end of the season.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy is hopeful he will add to his squad in time for Saturday’s visit to Bolton.

Tommy Smith will be allowed to pursue a move to MLS side Colorado Rapids as long as Ipswich Town are able to sign a replacement defender.

Ipswich Town travel to Bolton Wanderers for a Championship clash on Saturday (3pm).

Bersant Celina could have joined Bolton Wanderers in the summer rather than moving to Ipswich Town - and he’s convinced he made the right decision.

Ipswich Town’s Bryan Klug was spotted keeping an eye on Colchester United and Wycombe at the weekend.

Sports writer Andy Warren takes a look at Ipswich Town’s business in the January transfer window so far.

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