IAN Evatt reckons Stephen Dobbie is just the tonic the Seasiders needed.
Pool had endured a tough few weeks before Ian Holloway swooped on deadline day to land Dobbie on loan.
The Swansea striker has previous with the club, playing a major role in the rise to the Premier League two years ago, when he had a similar loan stay at Bloomfield Road.
And he has started where he left off – hitting a brace to sink leaders Southampton and get the Seasiders’ play-off charge back on track.
Evatt is delighted to see Dobbie return. “I knew Stephen would score last week. He had been on fire in training leading up to the Southampton game,” said the centre-back, who scored Pool’s other goal in that 3-0 triumph.
“He has looked really sharp and it is a pleasure to have him back because he is a good player.
“He looks like he’s never been away and he loves it here. I am glad he is back because I think he is going to give us that big push we need.”
Pool need to continue their good form at Watford tomorrow. But results away from home haven’t been great of late – Pool have lost their last three away matches, at Reading, Peterborough and Derby.
Evatt knows that needs to improve, but he refuses to look past tomorrow’s game.
“Maybe the away form will decide things,” he said. “But when we start getting ahead of ourselves and look at the end picture, we start to have a bit of a wobble.
“It is a big cliché but I think we need to just take each game as it comes and let the fans get behind us like we they were last weekend.”