DJ’s game of chase the brace

DJ Campbell celebrates scoring his second goal against Bolton
DJ Campbell celebrates scoring his second goal against Bolton
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TOP scorer DJ Campbell says he’s not done for the season – he wants to reach his 15-goal target.

The frontman is two goals shy of the tally he set himself at the start of the campaign.

And although Manchester United have conceded only ten goals in 18 League matches at Old Trafford, Campbell is hopeful he can complete his mission.

“If I do, I’m sure we will be all right as a team,” he said.

“I don’t care that it’s Manchester United. Like always, I just want to score. I am a striker and that is my job. I don’t feel I have helped the team if I don’t hit the back of the net, no matter how well I’ve played.

“I am pretty happy with my 13 so far. It isn’t a bad return, but a couple more would round off a great season in style if we stay up.”

Campbell is the only member of the likely Pool team to have played at Old Trafford before – he had the unenviable task of playing left-midfield and marking Ronaldo in Birmingham’s 3-0 defeat five years ago.

He goes into the match brimming with confidence after grabbing a brace in the 4-3 victory over Bolton.

AND boss Ian Holloway, who fought tooth and nail to seal a club record £1.25m deal with Leicester for Campbell last summer, couldn’t be happier with the striker’s contribution.

Holloway said: “I always said DJ would score goals at any level and he has absolutely proved me right.

“The great thing is that I think the fella is getting better.

“He has learned this year. He was in the Premier League before with Birmingham but was used as a bit-part player. He hadn’t scored at this level before this season. He is very goal-conscious and loves scoring.

“But the first thing we wanted him to learn was how to link the play and we had a little conversation about that.

“We wanted him to be a 90-minute player rather than a sub, which he had to be content with at other clubs.

“He’s learned how to do that. In fact, I think he can play 180 minutes back-to-back now, given how fit and sharp he is. He is terrific.

“That’s something young Matty Phillips has to learn. He produces some great cameos for 20 or 30 minutes, but when he starts he doesn’t have quite the same impact. But he’ll get that as DJ has got it.

“DJ was almost unmarkable against Bolton. He was absolutely brilliant.

“He did it to them at the Reebok and did it to them again. He didn’t get a goal in the away game but he deserved one because his movement was sensational.

“I know he will score one out of every four chances at any level because he is that good.”

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