It has been almost two months since Paul Ince has stood in the Blackpool technical area, and although the points total in his absence was respectable, Stephen Dobbie feels his influence has been missed.
Ince’s ban from the stadium is now over, and he will return to the dugout for Saturday’s game with Sheffield Wednesday to the delight of his troops.
Dobbie has scored twice without the manager present, but feels it is in the dressing room where Ince is missed.
“It’ll be good to have the Gaffer back in the changing room, especially before the games,” said Dobbie.
“We’ll know what he wants from actually being there and not a phone at half time - obviously it will give us a little boost.
“He is a lot more tactical defending wise, and it allows us to express ourselves and try to get goals. As long as we keep winning and we’re near the top of the table I think the boys will be happy.”
On Saturday The Owls visit Bloomfield Road, with just one win all season, but having drawn more than they’ve lost, Dobbie says they can’t be taken lightly.
“Obviously they’ve not won a lot of games this year, but they’ve drawn quite a lot. We know it’s going to be a tough game to break them down and win. They’ve got a big defence so we’ll try to keep the ball on the ground.
“I’m happy in the last couple of weeks personally, I feel back to myself and I’ve scored a few goals. I maybe should have scored more than I have already, but as long as the team is picking up three points then I’m happy.
“If you watch the games on a Saturday night we don’t really get much coverage, but as long as we’re up there and trying to reach our targets that will be good enough for us,” said Dobbie.