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Ferguson: Formation Suits Dobbie

1 May 2014

Switch Brings Upturn in Form

Barry Ferguson says a recent tactical switch is bringing out the best in Stephen Dobbie again.

The 31-year-old, currently in his fourth spell as a Seasider, has starred in Blackpool's last two performances, scoring twice.

"I had to find a formation that suited Dobbs because I do think he's got a lot to offer," Ferguson admitted.

"I pulled him to one side because I just thought that since he's been here he's not given me the performances that I wanted. Fair play to him, he agreed. Certainly in the last two games that's the Dobbs that I know. That's the Dobbs that can hurt teams.

"The thing that pleased me after Saturday's game was not just his attacking play, we've got him actually chasing back and playing into a shape. It's what he's not been used to but I've asked him to do it, and that's the only thing he had to add to his game. He's took that on board and he's been excellent."

The Blackpool team has been unchanged for the last two fixtures, which clearly bodes well in terms of consistency.

"Ideally, I'd always like to have a settled eight or nine players but I've not had the chance to do that. I've been trying to find the right formula to get a winning team and the right balance.

"Certainly in the last week or two we've had that," he added.


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