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.

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"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.”

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9 comments

  • A tough match and hard fought victory. Failure and success are divided by a fine line, equally it can be said that in football you make your own luck. A better showing, without doubt and now only 12 points off the playoffs, anything is possible with the right formula and attitude. Both Reading and .Crystal Palace have shown what is possible after terrible starts in recent years. MM is now our manager and I will be supporting him to get ITFC back and amongst the higher achievers. The next three matches will determine our season. Four wins would be playoff form! Yes, a dreamer, you might be thinking. This may be the case but football is nothing without dreams!

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • Kevin Francis - couldn't agree more - Hyam is a local lad who has never let the team down but seems to get a rough ride from managers. Obviously would be harsh to judge MM on this one match as regards his attitude to youngsters - though for Hyam & Carson to not even make the bench is worrying. On the more positive side he played 2 up front with Murphy in his proper position & seemed to install some fight & pride in the team - at last. Oh yes - & we actually won a game !!

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    Old Timer

    Monday, November 5, 2012

  • Excellent. Just what we needed. Players who are hungry now and a more risking tactic. A top half finish this season would be fantastic for a quality manager but survival is all we need to build on.

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    redhotitfc

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • With DJ (for a few weeks) and TC (for perhaps 18months) it'll be OK

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    Rob Steroo

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • well done to mick and the lads,please lets have no talk of the playoffs safety is all that is required at the moment,coyb

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    david peters

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • Well done to the team at last it seems they are playing for them selfs now. It sad that P Jewell didnt have the ability to do the same . Of course the players are partly resonsible for where we are at the moment But if you not lead by a strong team leader you end up all over the place. (as seen) I pray and hope that mick mcCarthy remains strong when it comes to getting in the players that will be needed in the jan window. And not knocked back by Clegg..? Hope he has learned on this matter. ITs only one game in as we all know but a great start to a new belief. The supporters will return when they can see progress at the club. So again a BIG WELL DONE for now.

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    User Removed

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • A super goal, two up front, fell apart a bit second half but we held on. Hope for a point on Tuesday and three on Saturday then onward and upward. Getting out of relegation zone is obviously our first priority, by end of next week hopefully. Why does experience in midfield instead of youth work for MM but not PJ? Strange. Anyway looking forward to next home game for first time in some months.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • What a feeling. The best Iv'e felt in weeks. Obviously one swallow doesn't make a summer. Mick's still got a lot to do because we are still not dominating in large spells of a game. Probably another change in keeper may be needed, the fullback slot and a stronger goal scoring midfielder. As for the forward line this may need some additional strengthening especially if D J can't be secured. But not a bad start. Just shows what a bit of organizing does.

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    whymarkmariner

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • Hyam , voted man of the match in previous game , not even on the bench for the next one , this lad really does take some very unnecessary stick.

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    KEVIN FRANCIS

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

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