Striker desperate to stay on at Pool

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Stephen Dobbie is hoping today’s game against Brighton isn’t his last in a Blackpool shirt.

The striker’s loan deal ends after today’s game, with him set to return to Premier League side Crystal Palace.

Talks have already taken place between the two clubs, and it’s believed a deal is almost in place.

It would see the striker’s loan extended until the end of the season with Pool hopeful the deal can be completed after the weekend.

And Dobbie is hopeful something can be sorted.

He said: “I have made no secret of how much I like playing here at this club.

“So if it’s sorted I’ll be happy to stay here and do my bit.

“I am just waiting for things to be sorted.

“Hopefully we can get it extended until the end of the season.”

Pool battled back from a goal down against Leeds on Boxing Day and should have gone on to win the game after Thomas Ince’s second half volley.

They welcome Brighton to Bloomfield Road tomorrow with the South coast side on exactly the same amount of points.

Dobbie spent six months at Brighton, starting only five times, before joining rivals Crystal Palace on loan.

And while he’s looking forward to seeing some familiar faces tomorrow, it wasn’t a period he particularly enjoyed.

“I’m looking forward to the game, I’ve still got a lot of friends there,” he said.

“I enjoyed the boys and the place, but I didn’t get on with the manager (Gus Poyet).

“He didn’t suit me and I didn’t suit him.

“It was one of those situations where I had to move on.

“I’ll probably not get a very good reception because I went to Crystal Palace.

“That’s their rivals.

“I don’t worry about things like that.”

Blackpool go into tomorrow’s game looking for their first win in six games.

Boss Paul Ince was delighted to ‘stop the rot’ with the draw against Leeds, and Dobbie thinks things will turn for the Seasiders.

“We’ve been unlucky in recent games,” said the 31-year-old.

“We’ve missed chances and not taken them.

“We always seem to be chasing our tails behind at the moment.

“I’ve been frustrated the last couple of games and haven’t really been getting the chances.

“I’m sure it will come.”