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Dobbie: Survival Is Silver Lining

9 May 2014

Striker Reflects On The Season

Stephen Dobbie admits this has been the most frustrating of all his loan spells at Bloomfield Road, despite his goals playing an integral role in Blackpool’s survival.

The Scot returned for his third and fourth loans spells this campaign and made 27 appearances for Pool, scoring four times, but ultimately left for the summer with just pure relief.

“It’s been the most annoying (loan spell) to be fair. It’s been a long, hard season, especially for the likes of me and Gillo who’ve been here a long time,” he said. “But the club deserves to be in The Championship, or higher, so at least there is a silver lining at the end of it.

“It was one of the main reasons I came back here, because I have so many great feelings about this club, but obviously it hasn’t went the way it has in other seasons for me here. At least at the end of it we’re still a Championship club.”

The 31-year-old netted at Brighton and Wigan during the business end of the season, and those strikes ensured The Seasiders would be playing Championship football again next campaign.

“Big results at Brighton and Wigan have saved us and I was just lucky I got two goals in two games. I had a little injury in my back, came back and didn’t play too well, but I’m pleased for Fergie, who took over in a difficult situation and kept the club up.

“Especially in the first half of the season we were defending then trying to counter attack and play the ball long, but sometimes that happens in football. I just kept going, like all the boys did at the end, and I’m glad of the outcome.”

Regardless of his destination for next season, Dobbie hopes Blackpool can rebuild quickly to ensure next year has a more positive conclusion.

“It will be a big rebuilding job at this club and hopefully they get it right. There are so many players out of contract and we don’t know who is going to be the manager, so it’s going to be a big overhaul. 

“I’ll go away in the summer, reflect on the season and make sure I’m ready for pre-season, wherever I am,” said Dobbie.

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