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Dobbie Delighted With Four-Goal Salvo

16 July 2014

Crystal Palace forward Stephen Dobbie was keeping his feet on the ground despite hitting four goals in the 13-1 friendly victory over GAK Graz. 

Dobbie, who spent the majority of last season on loan at Championship side Blackpool, was introduced in a striking role at half time and went on to have a hand in seven of the Eagles’ eight second half goals – including bagging a superb five-minute hat-trick. 

The Scot admitted he was “delighted” with his display at the Sportcenter Kalsdorf, but was quick to point out the bigger picture as Palace build up their fitness levels ahead of the start of the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season.

“I’m delighted obviously with the goals, especially as it’s our first run-out,” he told “But what’s more important is building the match fitness and getting back to that awareness on the pitch.

“Overall it was a good performance, a professional performance from the lads.

“This week was all about fitness and getting confidence for tougher games so the boys will take that into the trip to America next week.”

Dobbie was also quick to deflect attention away from his virtuoso contribution, heaping praise on his fellow frontmen for their displays against the Austrian outfit. 

“We’ve worked hard all week and as I said tonight was more about fitness for us, but to go and get that amount of goals and see the strikers hit the net is always important,” he said.

“Obviously Muzza knows how to score goals – we saw that the year we got promoted from the Championship and he was unlucky last year with injury – but he’s come back great since then.

“Cham is a quality player too and I’m sure Gayley will get a few goals as well, so there a lot of positives to take from that run-out.”

With such competition for the starting places in forward positions at the club, Dobbie knows he has to work hard this summer in order to force his way into manager Tony Pulis’ plans. 

And although banging in four goals may have been the perfect way to catch the gaffer’s eye, Dobbie is under no illusions as to the size of the task facing him. 

“I won’t get carried away,” he added. “It was our first game against an Austrian local team, so I’ll take it for what it is, train as hard as I can and see what the manager thinks after that. 

“Obviously the final decision is up to him, but I’ll just keep working hard, as I’ve done this week, and see what happens.” 

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