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Barry Ferguson impressed by Stephen Dobbie

21 April 2014

Blackpool caretaker player-manager Barry Ferguson praised the way striker Stephen Dobbie marked his call-up to the side with a fine equaliser after the Seasiders forced a 1-1 draw at Play-Off chasing Brighton and Hove Albion.

Ferguson felt it was a perfect response by his fellow Scot, who was involved in an extraordinary incident with his assistant Bob Malcolm during Pool's 1-0 home defeat against Burnley last Friday.

Malcolm was sent to the stands after shoving substitute Dobbie in the face as he prepared to come on to the pitch.

Midfielder Dale Stephens put Brighton ahead moments into the second half by curling in a beauty, but Dobbie replied only four minutes later with an unstoppable right-foot shot into the top right-hand corner.

Ferguson said of the goal: "It was a great strike. The boy has quality and it's up to him to produce it more often.

"Dobbie and Bob Malcolm have known each other for a long time. As for the thing that went on, they've squared everything up with each other.

"The problem on Friday was sorted within five or 10 minutes of the end of the game. They had a chat and it's finished."

Ferguson believes Dobbie can revel in a system that suits him, and added: "I let him play where he wants to.

"I've known him a long time and, apart from what he does on the ball, his work-rate off the ball is excellent."

Blackpool remain in the bottom three on goal difference with two games left, and Ferguson reckons the most important thing his men must show now is desire.

"I've no doubt my boys have got that desire.They have reacted in the right way in the last two games," said the Scot.

Brighton head coach Oscar Garcia could not hide his disappointment as the Seagulls missed the chance to strengthen their grip on sixth place.

The Spaniard admitted his side did not make the kind of start he wanted, and said: "I'm disappointed not to take all three points, but it's difficult to win a lot of games in a row.

"We needed more tempo and more energy but we had the game under control. Although we didn't create as many chances as usual, we did enough to win in the second half."

The Seagulls entertain Yeovil on Friday before a last-day trip to Nottingham Forest, and Garcia promises that his men will "fight to the end" to stay in the top six.

He said: "It is amazing to be fighting for this place at this moment, bearing in mind what has happened this season.

"Results are showing better squads than us are not winning, so we will fight until the end.

"The Yeovil game will be a tough one; it's never easy to play against a team at the bottom. But I do prefer playing ahead of other teams."

Garcia is demanding a faster start against Yeovil and said: "In the last two games our start hasn't been what I wanted.

"But you have to give credit to the other teams, it is not always easy."

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