Stephen Dobbie gave his reaction to the Palace website after helping Ian Holloway’s side to a dominant 4-1 win over Middlesbrough on Saturday.
“I thought for the first half an hour we passed the ball really well. I think then we had a spell in the last 15 that if we had lost the goal and gone in at half-time the manger’s comments would have been even worse. That got us going again though and it showed in the second half that the boys were listening to him.
“Coming and working for the gaffer, I know what he is all about and I know what he wants from the players and myself. At this time of the year you’ve got to put a run together, which luckily when I was at Blackpool and Swansea, we did. It boosted us right up there but the chance of automatic (promotion) this year is fantastic so it’s all about pushing on and another win on Tuesday.”
Despite an excellent personal performance, the 30 year old forward heaped praise on his team-mates and in particular some of the young members of this Palace side.
“It was a great team performance, especially the second half. I think with Mile back as well that strengthens us and it kind of lets Wilfried (Zaha) and Jonny (Williams) go and do what they want when they get on the ball. They know they have got strength behind them.
“I can see similarities between us and both teams Swansea and Blackpool. Obviously, working under the gaffer he has the same kind of system and it was the same kind of system under Brendan (Rodgers). I think the motivation side of it is exactly the same as well. The gaffer has not changed in the three seasons I have worked with him. We have a great chance of automatic (promotion) and if that does not work out I am sure we will be in the play-offs.”
At both Swansea and Blackpool, Dobbie was hugely influential in late-season runs to the play-offs with a number of important goals. Yet to break his duck for Palace the versatile frontman is instead focusing on pushing the team to victory.
“Of course I tried but the most important thing is that the team won and we try and keep on the tail of second position. I think with big Muzza (Glenn Murray) getting great goals and Kev Phillips coming off the bench as well, it’s an important time (to score).
“It’s always nice to get a goal or two yourself when you come into a new club.But as I said the gaffer knows me and I will score eventually but it’s more about setting them up and making sure we are winning the games and doing what the gaffer wants. “