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Delight For Dobbie

2 November 2013

Striker Targets More Goals

Stephen Dobbie hopes his first goal since returning to the club will be the catalyst for many more.

The forward - into his third spell at the club - scored an injury-time winner against Nottingham Forest to secure Blackpool's seventh victory of the season. 

The 30-year-old, speaking to the media following the game, expressed his delighted at the result and his crucial intervention in the closing stages against Billy Davies' side.

"Last week I thought I played really well and showed I was back to my full fitness," Dobbie said. "I'm just glad to get my goal out of the way and now I can focus on getting some more and setting up them too."

The home side were forced to play with 10 men following the dismissal of Djamel Abdoun in the 34th minute, with the winger having hauled down Neal Bishop in the box. Thomas Ince stepped up from the spot and saw his penalty saved by goalkeeper Karl Darlow. 

However, Dobbie was quick to dismiss any suggestions that playing against 10 men is a straightforward scenario.

"Dominating play and actually scoring against ten men is sometimes harder than it is against 11," he admitted. "Forest made it so narrow, especially in the centre, so it was very congested in the middle of the park. 

"Players like myself and Ricky like getting the ball into feet, and Tom as well coming in off the wing, but it was difficult for us with all the congestion.

"Eventually I ended up getting pushed back into centre-midfield and luckily for me I popped up with a late run to put it in the net."

The makeshift Blackpool side, which included a debut for Manchester United loanee Tyler Blackett, made it seven games unbeaten in the league after ending Forest's unbeaten home record, and Dobbie believes that kind of run is testament to the spirit in the squad.

"We've got a great team spirit here and we're unbeaten in seven games now, so credit to the lads. "The boys were understandably buzzing after the game. The gaffer keeps saying that if we keep up picking points on the road and at home, it'll all add up come the end of the season.

"As long as we keep getting three points here and there we will be up there."

Dobbie's goal continued his impressive scoring record at The City Ground, and he knows that one person will be glad to see the back of him after his match-winning contribution.

"Their gaffer will be cursing me as I keep coming back here and scoring goals. I love playing here as the pitch is always class and both sets of fans are always brilliant. Today we kept going right to the end and we got our reward."

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