DJ CAMPBELL insists everyone in the Blackpool dressing room remains convinced the club will be in the Premier League again next season.
The striker made a welcome return from a three-match, six-week absence against Arsenal at Bloomfield Road yesterday but couldn’t prevent the Seasiders slipping to a fourth defeat in five games.
But after the bottom three had all lost the previous day, Ian Holloway’s men remain a place and a point above the drop zone with six games to play.
And despite the 3-1 setback, Campbell says there are no doubts creeping in among any of the players.
“The mood is good and the belief we will stay up is still there. The lads are fine. We have always believed we will do it,” said Campbell, who returned from suspension following his red card at Wolves in February.
“But it is tough. We are playing against world-class players and people have to understand that. Sometimes it is going to go for us and sometimes it won’t.
“But we are still enjoying it. We want to stay in this league, and we will all run our socks off and try our hearts out every week.”
Campbell said it was a joy to be back, adding: “I’ve been out so long it felt a bit like a pre-season game when I first walked out.
“I was blowing a bit towards the end of the first half but I got a second wind after the break. I think I’ll be a lot better and sharper for getting 90 minutes under my belt.
“The fans were superb. That was a massive boost for us, especially when we were 2-0 down. It is just unfortunate and disappointing that we couldn’t get anything out of the game for them.
“Hopefully we can play just as well against Wigan on Saturday but actually get something from the match.”
While his manager was raging about some of the decisions made by referee Lee Mason, Campbell was also critical in a more softly-spoken way.
“It was like we weren’t allowed to touch their players at times but that’s how it goes. Whether it’s the ref’s fault or our fault, we just have to get on with it.”
“It is another game gone and we just need six to nine points from somewhere. Maybe Jens Lehmann should have walked when I went through on goal and Gary Taylor-Fletcher played on and scored our goal.”