Ice-cool DJ Campbell “expects” to score goals at Ipswich Town
THE second-worst team in the Championship, without a win in nine games.
But one man who won’t feel the pressure is easy-going DJ Campbell who has backed himself to get the goals to lift a new-look Town team away from the bottom three.
New loan signing Campbell, who opened his account with a rather fortuitous goal on his debut against Cardiff City, is expected to once again lead the line when Town travel to 10th-place Hull City at the weekend.
Michael Chopra should return to the squad, after manager Paul Jewell took him out of the limelight following his horse racing charges, but Campbell appears to be in pole position upfront.
And the confident QPR striker, on loan at Town for three months, believes he is the man to help bring winning ways back to Ipswich.
Campbell said: “I know I have been brought in to score goals – that’s my job. I’ve always been hard on myself when I miss chances, even when I’m not fit. I expect to score most of the chances that I get and I have done that for most of my career.
“That’s normal pressure to me and I love pressure like that. I love playing football and that’s all I want to do really – play football and enjoy myself and I know I will do that here and hopefully score the goals that will push us up the league.”
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One of Jewell’s biggest dilemmas will be deciding which one of his six home-based loanees to drop from his 18-man squad with FA rules only allowing a maximum of five.
But Campbell should keep his place in a much-changed Town team following the capture of five signings in less than a fortnight.
Having started in a lone striker role against Cardiff, Campbell added: I did that all season before at Blackpool.
“I was the lone striker there and scored a lot of goals in the Championship and Premier League for them. I haven’t got a problem with that at all, whether I’m alone or with a partner up front.”