Fergie will let me loose, says Dobbie

Blackpool's Stephen Dobbie
Blackpool's Stephen Dobbie
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Blackpool fans will see the real Stephen Dobbie during his fourth spell with the club, vows the loan striker.

The 31-year-old claims his attacking style was thwarted under Paul Ince, which is why he managed only two goals in 15 appearances before the turn of the year.

He returned to Bloomfield Road on deadline day as part of the deal which saw Thomas Ince join Crystal Palace, and the Scot is expected to start against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

And Dobbie insists he will be a different player under stand-in boss Barry Ferguson.

“I did enjoy my time here this season but I was restricted,” he said. “From now on I won’t be – I’ll be attacking.

“I have to be attacking and getting around the box. That’s my game.

“I felt as if we didn’t attack as much as we should have, especially with the players we had in the team.

“We were playing left-backs as left wingers, which was crazy.

“Under the last manager, you weren’t allowed to come out of your position. Under Fergie, I’m sure it will be totally different.

“The training is much harder now, with much more work on sharpness and fitness.

“We are allowed to do shooting after training now, so I’m sure that will help.”

Dobbie returned to Pool on loan last September, then agreed a deal in December to stay for the rest of the season only to see it fall through.

It meant a month back with Palace, which was tough for the striker who had moved his family to the Fylde coast and enrolled his children in school here.

He explained: “I was told I was staying on in mid-December and I was happy with that.

“I’ve made no secret about my relationship with the fans here and how happy I was to stay at Blackpool.

“Then to be told I wasn’t coming back and to be given a few different reasons from the manager at the time was disappointing.

“The worst thing for me was leaving my family up here, and I was sad as I wanted to stay at Blackpool.

“When the deal was finally done, there was no happier man than me to sign here.

“I wanted to play for this club all season. Now I’m back, I am going to show the fans what I should have shown last time I was here. This time around the fans will see the real me.”

It’s was all change at Blackpool while Dobbie was away, with Ince sacked and replaced, at least temporarily, by skipper Ferguson.

Dobbie feels the change has given everyone a lift.

“It’s a boost for everyone to have Fergie in charge,” he added. “The team spirit and willingness to play for Fergie is there to see.

“The emphasis isn’t just around one player now, it’s around 11. That will make a big difference when we start winning.

“All the boys have respect for Fergie. The way he treats the boys and the way he talks to them makes us all want to play for him.”