Dobbie happy to keep under the radar

Blackpool's Stephen Dobbie
Blackpool's Stephen Dobbie
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Stephen Dobbie wants Blackpool to keep out of the spotlight.

The Seasiders are fourth in the Championship table after a good start to the season, but are yet to be taken seriously as contenders at the top.

It may be down to the fact boss Paul Ince has continually said his side’s target is simply to avoid relegation.

Either way, striker Dobbie goes into today’s game against Sheffield Wednesday more than happy to keep being a surprise package.

“If you watch the TV shows on a Saturday night, we don’t really get much coverage,” said Dobbie.

“As long as we are up there and doing the business then that’s good enough with us.”

Today’s game sees boss Ince return to the sidelines after serving a five-match stadium ban.

And Dobbie thinks the manager’s return will give everyone a lift.

He said: “To have the gaffer back in the changing room and knowing exactly what he wants will give us a boost.

“We are really happy with the way we’ve been playing.

“First and foremost we need to make sure we’ll be at least in the Championship next season.

“Obviously Sheffield Wednesday haven’t won much, but they’ve drawn a lot so it will be tough to break them down.

“If we can keep the ball on the ground and use our talents in attack we should be OK.”

It’s Dobbie third loan spell at Bloomfield Road, with the previous two coming under Ian Holloway.

Pool’s style couldn’t be more different to the all-out-attack style which made the Seasiders famous during their season in the Premier League.

But the Crystal Palace loan man doesn’t think the change means Pool are any less a threat.

“The manager is a lot more tactical than other managers I’ve worked with here, especially defensively,” he revealed.

“That gives freedom to myself, Tom Ince and Ricardo Fuller. It allows us to go and express ourselves.

“We are definitely more solid than when I was here last. The way we play with the two holding midfielders it’s more about hard work then trying to create.

“That’s showed with the results, especially at places like Nottingham Forest.

“As long as we keep winning then we are happy.

“I’ve been feeling back to myself in the last couple of weeks and have managed a couple of goals.

“I probably should have got another couple but as long as the team are doing well, I’m happy.”