Rodgers Gives Dobbie A Big Boost
Stephen Dobbie says he's 'loved it' playing for new Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers after scoring his first League goal for the club on Saturday, as we romped to a 4-0 home win against Preston North End.
The Scottish striker wasn't given a chance under former boss Paulo Sousa - who foolishly loaned him out to Blackpool where he scored 5 goals to help them win promotion to the Premier League.
Thankfully, he's back at the Liberty Stadium, instead of staying at Bloomfield Road permanently, and it hasn't taken him long to prove his goalscoring quality.
He scored a superb goal from outside the penalty area against Cheltenham Town in a friendly and his strike on Saturday was equally as impressive - turning on the edge of the box before a low drive into the bottom corner.
Dobbie now says he's looking to push on, he'll be happy with 15 goals this season but he's hoping for 'many more':
'Any striker will tell you, if you get more than 15 you're doing pretty well and with the players around me hopefully I can get many more,'
'It makes a difference with the manager, whether he fancies you or not, and I've loved it under the new gaffer.'
Dobbie also praised his fellow team-mates, which helped him to get more goalscoring chances on Saturday:
'That's what you get when you've got the likes of Nathan Dyer, Sinclair, Cotterill and Pratley playing in behind you,' said Dobbie. 'You're going to get chances so it's up to me to try to take them.
'When we go away from home we play with a sitter (in midfield), but on Saturday the gaffer tried Cotterill in behind me and it worked fantastically.
'David is skilful enough to thread little balls through and when you've got wingers like ours, they're a joy to play with.'
'I'm glad to be back and it's always good to get your first goal of the season early on because if it drags on for four or five games it plays on your mind,'
'I can kick on against Norwich next week and I know the boys will be in high spirits.
'I think our possession in the game was more like last year, but then we just couldn't get the goals.
'We scored 40 all last year — so with four on Saturday we're nearly there already.
'I'm sure we'll beat that total this year.'