Dobbie: Means everything to keep Pool up

Stephen Dobbie celebrates his goal
Stephen Dobbie celebrates his goal
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Stephen Dobbie fired a sensational goal to earn Blackpool a point at Brighton, then said it will mean everything to keep the club in the Championship in their final two games.

Pool halted a run of four successive defeats on the south coast but are still in the bottom three on goal difference because relegation rivals Millwall and Doncaster played out a 0-0 draw, while Charlton came back from two down to win 3-2 at Sheffield Wednesday.

Striker Dobbie curled a 49th-minute equaliser into the top corner before kissing the badge and celebrating in front of the travelling Pool supporters.

The goal followed a difficult few days for the 31-year-old, who was involved in a touchline bust-up with coach Bob Malcolm during Friday’s home defeat by Burnley.

Loan striker Dobbie preferred not to talk about that incident but was happy to discuss his love for the Seasiders.

“Any fan will see what it meant to me to score that goal,” he said.

“We’ll do everything we can to keep us in this league. It means so much to me.

“On Friday we played well, and seeing the antics on the side, that means stuff to the players.

Now in his fourth loan spell at Pool, Dobbie feels like a club stalwart and added: “I’ve been here many a year, and so has Gilo (Matt Gilks) 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.”

Yesterday’s 1-1 draw marked a return to form for Dobbie, who has had two indifferent spells this season on loan from Crystal Palace.

Having been in and out of the side in recent weeks, he was thrown in from the start yesterday and turned in a man of the match display.

He explained: “I was playing a bit higher up, with Perks (David Perkins) and Ossie (Isaiah Osbourne) winning the balls behind me and passing it to me.

“I just tried to roam about, and luckily the ball broke for me and went into the corner. Hopefully it’s an important point towards safety.

“I think the fans who went down to Brighton will see how much we worked.

“We’re very happy to come away with a point after a long journey.

“If we show that desire and play that well, I think we’ll get something at Wigan on Saturday. It was a great pitch to play on and 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.”

Dobbie, who had an unsuccessful spell at Brighton last season and was booed throughout by the home fans, scored just three minutes after Dale Stephens had put the Seagulls in front

“We just needed that bit of luck,” said Dobbie. “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 at Wigan.

“Barry Ferguson said we had three cup finals. We’ve got a point from the first of them and we’ll be up for the other two, starting at Wigan on Saturday.”