Dobbie: Never a dull moment at Blackpool

Stephen Dobbie

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A DELIGHTED Stephen Dobbie says he came back because life is never dull at Blackpool.

The on-loan striker’s two goals against Southampton were his first since hitting the target for Swansea in last season’s Championship play-off final win over Reading at Wembley.

The 29-year-old, whose first-half strikes against the Saints were a penalty and an angled shot into the bottom corner, revealed the style of football Ian Holloway’s team plays convinced him to return for a second Seasiders stint.

Dobbie said: “It is never dull at Blackpool and that is one of the things that attracted me. It is fun coming in every day to training. You know the gaffer will be in good spirits but as soon as we get on the training pitch it is very professional.

“There is a great mixture of lads here, a great variety of quality players, just as there was last time.

“I genuinely think there is more than enough in this dressing room to get promotion.


“Tom Ince and Matt Phillips, who weren’t here two years ago (when Dobbie helped Pool win promotion to the Premier League), are great.

“When I needed a rest I just passed the ball to them because I knew they would go off on a run.

“They have fantastic pace and skill, and the power to go with that.

“Matt muscles players off the pitch and Ince’s trickery is fantastic. They allow me to have a breather, if I ever need one!”

After coming off the bench at Reading, Dobbie was handed a full debut against Southampton and was delighted with how the game panned out.

He added: “It was a terrific afternoon and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am delighted for the players and the manager, and to get a couple of goals was great

“Gary Taylor-Fletcher won the penalty with some great skill. I know Fletch really well from last time.

“He gave me the ball because it was my first game back. Whether he’ll give it me again I don’t know! I just had to keep my composure and make sure I stuck it in the net.

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