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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 January 2006, 13:39 GMT
DJ ready to spin out Sunderland
By Paul Fletcher

DJ Campbell celebrates Yeading's win over Slough last season
Last year we put Yeading on the map - it created some great memories
DJ Campbell
Brentford striker DJ Campbell is confident his love affair with the FA Cup will continue when the Bees entertain Sunderland on Saturday.

Campbell was a key figure for Yeading as the Conference South club reached the third round last season before losing to Newcastle.

"It is a great competition and I'm looking to go one better this year," Campbell told BBC Sport.

"We can definitely win, they are on a bad run, which is good for us."

Yeading's achievements last season put Campbell in the spotlight and a move to Brentford followed last summer.

Last season's FA Cup run also brought Campbell his first encounter with Bees boss Martin Allen.

Campbell was invited by a television station to travel up to Hinckley United to watch their second-round tie with Brentford, after which the third-round draw was made.

Allen's Bees landed Luton, provided they won a replay against Hinckley, while Campbell's team of course pulled out Newcastle.

Allen and Campbell did separate television interviews, with the Bees' boss pulling faces behind the camera as the Yeading striker tried to keep a straight face.

"Martin was taking the mickey out of me," added Campbell, who is known by more or less everyone as DJ, with the exception of Allen, who calls his player Dudley.

Campbell enjoyed the media exposure and was pleased with the recognition that it bestowed upon Yeading.

"The media attention was excellent," said the 24-year-old. "I was on GMTV, which was different as I'd never done anything like that before.

"For such a small club like Yeading to get to the third round was superb - I'm not sure it will happen again. It created some great memories.

"No one had really heard of Yeading before but we put the place on the map."

Campbell was disappointed with his performance against Newcastle, felt he could have done better despite the calibre of the opposition.

Brentford manager Martin Allen
He is a lovely guy, straightforward and tells you to your face, which I like
DJ Campbell on Martin Allen

But by that time Campbell had caught the eye of several clubs.

The striker thought that he would be joining Barnet, but found out about Brentford's interest when he was away with the England Non-League team in Ireland last summer.

Campbell opted for the League One club, but admits it took time to adjust to life as a full-time professional.

Not normally nervous, he admits to feeling anxious before games, desperate to win the crowd over.

The full-time players were quicker and sharper than Campbell, who trained twice a week with Yeading.

But the man who scored 83 goals in 109 appearances for Yeading worked hard on his game and has now established himself in the first team alongside Lloyd Owusu.

And he is now confident that he can produce more FA Cup heroics against Sunderland.

"I love playing for Brentford." he said.

"It will be a tight, good match against Sunderland but we can definitely win."


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