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Stephen Dobbie eyes promotion repeat with Swansea City

Swans defence delights Dobbie

Striker Stephen Dobbie believes Swansea City can repeat Blackpool's success of last year and win promotion to the Premier League.

Dobbie came off the bench to claim the winner as the Swans beat Coventry City 1-0 on Tuesday, lifting them to second.

The Scotsman, who was controversially loaned to Blackpool last season, says Swansea can go on a similar end-of-season run as the Seasiders did.

"We're on a great run, the boys have been fantastic," said Dobbie.

"If we can keep going it could be another fantastic year but there's still a long way to go.

"When I went there [to Blackpool] last year, we went on an unbelievable run and I think our game last week against Middlesbrough coming back from 3-1 down with half-an-hour to go to win 4-3 is the kind of thing Blackpool did.

"I think that's kick-started us and we showed that in the game on Saturday and tonight. We've got another big game on Saturday that the team has to pick itself up again and go again."

Swansea are sat in an automatic promotion spot and are in a much better position that Blackpool were at any stage last season.

But the Seasiders lost just once in their remaining nine games as they came from nowhere to sneak into the last play-off spot - at Swansea's expense - on the final day of the season.

Boss Ian Holloway's side then saw off Nottingham Forest in the play-off semi-final and Cardiff in the final to reach the top flight.

Rodgers hails 'great performance'

The Swans have won their last three matches and have 13 games left with promotion rivals Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Norwich City yet to visit the Liberty Stadium.

"We couldn't have asked for a better run-in," said five-goal Dobbie. "We've played them all away, but we've still got to get the job done.

"We've slipped up a few times at home but we've got to play like we did tonight and grind them out."

Dobbie, a free transfer from Queen of the South in the summer of 2009, has made 32 appearances for the Swans this season, although most have come from the bench.

But he will be pushing for a starting place against Leeds on Saturday after helping turn the Welsh side's fortunes around after coming off the bench against Middlesbrough and Coventry.

"You look at the bench and you've got the likes of Joe Allen, a Welsh intenational, and Kemy [Agustien] coming on along with Luke Moore and myself," he said.

"It shows you the spirit in the team that boys can come off the bench - obviously don't want to be on the bench - but come on and make a difference and it keeps us up near the top.

"The boys were fantastic all night. I think the whole back four and Dorus de Vries had a busy night.

"Coventry are very physical and pumped balls into the box and we had to be strong, but if you nick a goal and you hang on to it, you come away with the three points

"It was a great lay-off from Nathan and I took my chance and it found its way into the net.



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