IAN Holloway praised the impact of new loan star DJ Campbell after the striker scored Millwall’s equaliser in last night’s 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday.
The 32-year-old signed on loan from Championship rivals Blackburn for the rest of the season and immediately joined up his new team-mates on a week-long training camp in Portugal.
And Campbell came on to make his debut as a 56th minute substitute for Andy Keogh to bag the equaliser and secure his new side a vital point in the battle for Championship survival.
“He was born to score,” Holloway said.
“If the rest of my lads see that, they start to believe they can do it as well.
“I think things are on the way up.
“The man is happy when he scores and he is miserable when he doesn’t.
“He’s quite an animal when it comes to scoring.
“I’ve seen some of those days, I’d pay to watch him myself.
“When he gets on a roll, it’s impossible to stop him.
“When he’s happy in what he is doing, it’s impossible to stop him.”
Campbell was arrested in December during an ongoing investigation into allegations spot-fixing but Holloway gave the striker his total backing.
“He cares so much about them (his team-mates),” the Lions’ boss explained.
“That’s how I know he’s innocent, because of how he cares for other people.
“DJ is a magnificent man.
“I know the bloke, I think he’s special.
“My lads will see, he’ll care about them and they’ll care about him.”
He added: “I don’t have favourites, I never have.
“If all my kids do well I give them an ice cream, if they don’t behave properly, I don’t give them an ice cream.
“Tonight I’ll be giving DJ an ice cream.”
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