Pool striker shortage

DJ Campbell is bound to be a hot topic of conversation
DJ Campbell is bound to be a hot topic of conversation
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IAN Holloway could be excused for looking up the definition of Sod’s Law after allowing Marlon Harewood to join Barnsley on loan for the rest of the season on the same day fellow striker DJ Campbell was sent off.

Pool have a recall option on Harewood after 28 days, but that won’t kick in until Pool have played two of the three games for which Campbell is suspended.

It leaves the Seasiders suddenly a little short of options up front, but Holloway explained he had let Harewood go out to play some games and keep him sharp.

He had sanctioned Rob Edwards’ loan to Norwich for the same reasons. Harewood, who has scored five Premier League goals for Pool, made his Barnsley debut as a substitute in Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat by Norwich.

He had started for Pool against Aston Villa a fortnight earlier but Holloway said: “It is all about getting games. He and Rob both felt they needed football to get fit because of a lack of playing time over the last year or so.

“Marlon in the reserves isn’t the same animal as Marlon in the first team, so I have got him some games at Barnsley and we’ll look at it in 28 days.”

Barnsley boss Mark Robins is aiming to improve the Tykes’ mid-table Championship position and he said: “Marlon is a great addition to the squad. He is a proven quality player.”

Harewood has made seven starts and nine substitute appearances for Pool this season, having joined as a free agent on a two-year deal last August.

The 31-year-old suffered a hamstring injury in training in November, which sidelined him for a month, and has failed to score in his last five outings.