Belfast Telegraph

Campbell: We must stay positive

Blackpool striker DJ Campbell insists the team will not let Sunday's defeat to Arsenal get them down as they head into a trio of games he feels will make or break their season.

Campbell was involved in a moment of controversy in the 3-1 loss when he collided in the box with Jens Lehmann. The ball broke to Gary Taylor-Fletcher, who scored to make it 2-1, but Lehmann escaped punishment when he might have been sent off.

Campbell believes the German goalkeeper "maybe should have walked", but would rather focus upcoming fixtures, and said: "We were not really expecting to get anything from that game (against Arsenal) if we are being honest. We believed that we could beat them, but it is more about Wigan, Newcastle, Stoke - these are the games where it really matters."

He added: "If we had got something out of the Arsenal game, that would have been great, but we didn't and that is in the past now. We've got to move on to the next three home games and I believe that is where we are going to stay up.

"The mood is fine - we weren't really putting ourselves under too much pressure in the Arsenal game."

Campbell, who has nine goals for Blackpool this term, missed the three matches prior to the Arsenal contest through suspension.

The Seasiders have six fixtures remaining as they bid to beat the drop and the 29-year-old knows his return could prove vital.

"I've always felt ready to deliver from the start of the season, so it's no different now," Campbell said. "We are all going to need to chip in and dig in, and obviously with me being a striker, I need to score the goals to keep us in this league, along with the other lads.

"The belief has always been there and I'm sure it always will be.

"We have got six cup finals and four of those are massive games at home, so hopefully with the fans on our side, we can get the two or three wins we need, or maybe even better than that."


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