Forward Determined To Help Blackpool Stay UpStephen Dobbie is determined to score the goals that keep Blackpool in The Championship, having grabbed what could prove to be a valuable equaliser against Brighton yesterday.
The forward hit a spectacular strike at The Amex to cancel out an effort from Dale Stephens, and his emotions were evident in the way he celebrated it.
"I'm just happy that the goal went in because to keep Blackpool in this league is my main objective," he admitted. "Any fan will see what it meant to me to score that goal."
The 31-year-old had the freedom to express himself against his former club, roaming around the field to create plenty of opportunities.
"I was playing a bit higher up with Perks and Ossie winning the balls behind me and passing it to me. I just tried to roam about and luckily the ball broke for me and it went into the corner. Hopefully it's an important point towards safety.
"It was a great pitch to play on and by the way we worked and passed the ball, we showed that we're a good team as well. We knew we were coming up against a good team but I think we played some great football."
293 fans made the long trip to Brighton and were rewarded with a determined display that highlighted the spirit in the camp.
"I think the fans that came down will see how much we worked. To come away with a point after a long journey, we're very happy. If we show that desire - and the way we played as well - then I think we'll get something out of next week.
"We just needed that bit of luck. Sometimes luck comes with a scrappy goal and sometimes it comes with a good finish like that. We've got to kick-on and show the same desire now when we travel to Wigan on Saturday."
Dobbie, now in his fourth spell as a Seasider, says that events over the Easter Weekend just go to prove how much everybody cares.
"On Friday we played well and when you see the antics on the side, it means stuff to the players. I've been here many a year and so has Gillo and we're hurting. If we keep playing like that then I think it will be enough to keep us in this league. Hopefully the club can then build for next year. We'll do everything we can to keep us in this league," he added.