Dobbie out to make big impact

Stephen Dobbie scores against Peterborough

Stephen Dobbie scores against Peterborough

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Stephen Dobbie has revealed he never questioned his ability to make an impact for Albion – despite a slow start on the South Coast.

The Scottish attacker, who signed for the Seagulls on August 31, is in contention for a start at Wolves on Saturday after his first goal for the club secured victory against Peterborough.

He is convinced he is good enough for a key role as the Seagulls prepare to visit Molineux followed by a trek to Huddersfield a week on Saturday.

Dobbie, who came off the subs’ bench for the sixth consecutive match against Posh, said: “It has been a long transition for me, probably longer than I would have liked.

“But I would never question my own ability. I know I can play in the team.

“It is obviously up to the gaffer so let’s see what happens now.”

Dobbie was recently hailed as a “fantastic” signing by boss Gus Poyet.

The former Swansea and Blackpool favourite believes he is now well placed to show his best form.

He added: “For the first month I was living in an hotel. We have had a baby as well, all over the space of two months.

“But my fitness is right up there now and I am pushing to get on the pitch.”

Dobbie believes the win over Peterborough has boosted collective confidence and says his 92nd-minute strike proves Albion can never be written off.

He said: “That’s the advantage of the players we have got to come off the bench. We can come on and make a difference.

“There are still the players on the pitch, like Will Buckley, who can create something if you give them the ball.

“You keep going until the last minute.”

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10:06am Thu 8 Nov 12

Chi Gull says...

Good for Dobbie - not so good for the Argus with 3rd recycled Dobbie story.

I know everyone goes on about having a Plan B - for me Plan B is simply taking our chances early when we get them. That immediately stops a team parking the bus. I don't think we need to play differently - it's confidence in front of goal. Where I do agree with others is on corners. We just dont look a threat from them and we need a bit of variation and a different appoach - should be easy to put right ?
Good for Dobbie - not so good for the Argus with 3rd recycled Dobbie story. I know everyone goes on about having a Plan B - for me Plan B is simply taking our chances early when we get them. That immediately stops a team parking the bus. I don't think we need to play differently - it's confidence in front of goal. Where I do agree with others is on corners. We just dont look a threat from them and we need a bit of variation and a different appoach - should be easy to put right ? Chi Gull
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10:15am Thu 8 Nov 12

wiseman of hove says...

Chi Gull wrote:
Good for Dobbie - not so good for the Argus with 3rd recycled Dobbie story.

I know everyone goes on about having a Plan B - for me Plan B is simply taking our chances early when we get them. That immediately stops a team parking the bus. I don't think we need to play differently - it's confidence in front of goal. Where I do agree with others is on corners. We just dont look a threat from them and we need a bit of variation and a different appoach - should be easy to put right ?
Funny game football. It could so easily have been Will Hoskins tucking the goal away and we would now have several Will recycled stories!
I am very optimistic about Dobbie and surely the manager will start him on Saturday. Equally confident that Hoskins, given a chance,will step up to the plate. With Buckley's form and even better to come from the classy Orlandi, I would be amazed if we did not get something from the Wolves match.
[quote][p][bold]Chi Gull[/bold] wrote: Good for Dobbie - not so good for the Argus with 3rd recycled Dobbie story. I know everyone goes on about having a Plan B - for me Plan B is simply taking our chances early when we get them. That immediately stops a team parking the bus. I don't think we need to play differently - it's confidence in front of goal. Where I do agree with others is on corners. We just dont look a threat from them and we need a bit of variation and a different appoach - should be easy to put right ?[/p][/quote]Funny game football. It could so easily have been Will Hoskins tucking the goal away and we would now have several Will recycled stories! I am very optimistic about Dobbie and surely the manager will start him on Saturday. Equally confident that Hoskins, given a chance,will step up to the plate. With Buckley's form and even better to come from the classy Orlandi, I would be amazed if we did not get something from the Wolves match. wiseman of hove
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10:18am Thu 8 Nov 12

Bob! says...

Chi Gull wrote:
Good for Dobbie - not so good for the Argus with 3rd recycled Dobbie story. I know everyone goes on about having a Plan B - for me Plan B is simply taking our chances early when we get them. That immediately stops a team parking the bus. I don't think we need to play differently - it's confidence in front of goal. Where I do agree with others is on corners. We just dont look a threat from them and we need a bit of variation and a different appoach - should be easy to put right ?
Dobbie takes a good corner as well, I noticed when he came on Tuesday, that in itself gives us options, but yes the short one with Buckley available should be an option.
[quote][p][bold]Chi Gull[/bold] wrote: Good for Dobbie - not so good for the Argus with 3rd recycled Dobbie story. I know everyone goes on about having a Plan B - for me Plan B is simply taking our chances early when we get them. That immediately stops a team parking the bus. I don't think we need to play differently - it's confidence in front of goal. Where I do agree with others is on corners. We just dont look a threat from them and we need a bit of variation and a different appoach - should be easy to put right ?[/p][/quote]Dobbie takes a good corner as well, I noticed when he came on Tuesday, that in itself gives us options, but yes the short one with Buckley available should be an option. Bob!
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10:23am Thu 8 Nov 12

seagullsays says...

Taking the corner is not the problem imo, it's more the fact that we never seem to be able to get on the end of one. I've never been a fan of short corners, as I would prefer us to take the opportunity of putting the ball directly in to a dangerous area, but I'm starting to wonder whether keeping the ball and trying to set something up in a different way might be better for us.
Taking the corner is not the problem imo, it's more the fact that we never seem to be able to get on the end of one. I've never been a fan of short corners, as I would prefer us to take the opportunity of putting the ball directly in to a dangerous area, but I'm starting to wonder whether keeping the ball and trying to set something up in a different way might be better for us. seagullsays
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11:59am Thu 8 Nov 12

tug509 says...

I recall the first game we ever played Cheltenham,it was their first season in the league,and we kept putting crosses and corners in,and because they were such a big side we got nowhere,until the 92nd minute when we played a short low corner and got the only goal.I dont like short corners ,but if were not heading the goals,maybe a short corner driven hard and low with the hope of someone getting a touch is the way to go?.imho..UTA
I recall the first game we ever played Cheltenham,it was their first season in the league,and we kept putting crosses and corners in,and because they were such a big side we got nowhere,until the 92nd minute when we played a short low corner and got the only goal.I dont like short corners ,but if were not heading the goals,maybe a short corner driven hard and low with the hope of someone getting a touch is the way to go?.imho..UTA tug509
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1:19pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Gibseagull says...

Plan B is simple. Instead of punting the ball up into the air at the zillions of corners we get only for the opposition's 6'6" defenders to head away against our midget attack, play the ball in on the ground so we can get penalties (and Plan C is to practice taking penalties!)
Plan B is simple. Instead of punting the ball up into the air at the zillions of corners we get only for the opposition's 6'6" defenders to head away against our midget attack, play the ball in on the ground so we can get penalties (and Plan C is to practice taking penalties!) Gibseagull
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3:37pm Thu 8 Nov 12

tooncgull says...

tug509 wrote:
I recall the first game we ever played Cheltenham,it was their first season in the league,and we kept putting crosses and corners in,and because they were such a big side we got nowhere,until the 92nd minute when we played a short low corner and got the only goal.I dont like short corners ,but if were not heading the goals,maybe a short corner driven hard and low with the hope of someone getting a touch is the way to go?.imho..UTA
Paul Rodgers! I remember that - I think Danny Cullip made his debut in that game....

Interestingly, the only corner we got a head onto and created anything with on Tuesday (and all season really), was that short corner in the first half, which ended with Bruno(?) pinging an inswinging ball in ...

I like Dobbie. Shows some good touches... and has since his first appearance in my opinion. Ive never understood this "he's crap" mentality after just half a game ... let players settle in ffs!
[quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: I recall the first game we ever played Cheltenham,it was their first season in the league,and we kept putting crosses and corners in,and because they were such a big side we got nowhere,until the 92nd minute when we played a short low corner and got the only goal.I dont like short corners ,but if were not heading the goals,maybe a short corner driven hard and low with the hope of someone getting a touch is the way to go?.imho..UTA[/p][/quote]Paul Rodgers! I remember that - I think Danny Cullip made his debut in that game.... Interestingly, the only corner we got a head onto and created anything with on Tuesday (and all season really), was that short corner in the first half, which ended with Bruno(?) pinging an inswinging ball in ... I like Dobbie. Shows some good touches... and has since his first appearance in my opinion. Ive never understood this "he's crap" mentality after just half a game ... let players settle in ffs! tooncgull
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9:09pm Thu 8 Nov 12

WisdomSpeaks says...

tooncgull wrote:
tug509 wrote:
I recall the first game we ever played Cheltenham,it was their first season in the league,and we kept putting crosses and corners in,and because they were such a big side we got nowhere,until the 92nd minute when we played a short low corner and got the only goal.I dont like short corners ,but if were not heading the goals,maybe a short corner driven hard and low with the hope of someone getting a touch is the way to go?.imho..UTA
Paul Rodgers! I remember that - I think Danny Cullip made his debut in that game....

Interestingly, the only corner we got a head onto and created anything with on Tuesday (and all season really), was that short corner in the first half, which ended with Bruno(?) pinging an inswinging ball in ...

I like Dobbie. Shows some good touches... and has since his first appearance in my opinion. Ive never understood this "he's crap" mentality after just half a game ... let players settle in ffs!
I totally agree about Dobbie. You can see he's a real footballer the way he moves the ball. He also has a guile about him which CMS lacks unfortunately.

Actually I thought there was a more 'menacing' feel to the team up front and from mid field with the finishing line up. If Poyet can forget whatever happened with Hoskins he will score us goals if played up front with CMS and Dobbie in the hole behind. IMO that would be a very interesting set up.

C'mon Gus show some courage and let's get after other teams in that final third where the real damage happens.
[quote][p][bold]tooncgull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: I recall the first game we ever played Cheltenham,it was their first season in the league,and we kept putting crosses and corners in,and because they were such a big side we got nowhere,until the 92nd minute when we played a short low corner and got the only goal.I dont like short corners ,but if were not heading the goals,maybe a short corner driven hard and low with the hope of someone getting a touch is the way to go?.imho..UTA[/p][/quote]Paul Rodgers! I remember that - I think Danny Cullip made his debut in that game.... Interestingly, the only corner we got a head onto and created anything with on Tuesday (and all season really), was that short corner in the first half, which ended with Bruno(?) pinging an inswinging ball in ... I like Dobbie. Shows some good touches... and has since his first appearance in my opinion. Ive never understood this "he's crap" mentality after just half a game ... let players settle in ffs![/p][/quote]I totally agree about Dobbie. You can see he's a real footballer the way he moves the ball. He also has a guile about him which CMS lacks unfortunately. Actually I thought there was a more 'menacing' feel to the team up front and from mid field with the finishing line up. If Poyet can forget whatever happened with Hoskins he will score us goals if played up front with CMS and Dobbie in the hole behind. IMO that would be a very interesting set up. C'mon Gus show some courage and let's get after other teams in that final third where the real damage happens. WisdomSpeaks
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6:00am Fri 9 Nov 12

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit says...

seagullsays wrote:
Taking the corner is not the problem imo, it's more the fact that we never seem to be able to get on the end of one. I've never been a fan of short corners, as I would prefer us to take the opportunity of putting the ball directly in to a dangerous area, but I'm starting to wonder whether keeping the ball and trying to set something up in a different way might be better for us.
Short corners are a useful tool. It's pointless playing old-style POMO football by trying always to get the ball into a 'dangerous area', especially as we don't have the players to exploit it. Then the 'dangerous area' simply becomes the receiving zone for the opposition to get the ball back. Indeed given Poyet's (rightful imo) disdain for long-ball tactics I wonder why we do it so often.
[quote][p][bold]seagullsays[/bold] wrote: Taking the corner is not the problem imo, it's more the fact that we never seem to be able to get on the end of one. I've never been a fan of short corners, as I would prefer us to take the opportunity of putting the ball directly in to a dangerous area, but I'm starting to wonder whether keeping the ball and trying to set something up in a different way might be better for us.[/p][/quote]Short corners are a useful tool. It's pointless playing old-style POMO football by trying always to get the ball into a 'dangerous area', especially as we don't have the players to exploit it. Then the 'dangerous area' simply becomes the receiving zone for the opposition to get the ball back. Indeed given Poyet's (rightful imo) disdain for long-ball tactics I wonder why we do it so often. Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit
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