On Saturday, Dan Grimshaw made his first start of 2023 as Blackpool ended a run of four straight defeats with a crucial victory over Wigan Athletic..
The 25-year-old also kept a clean sheet, putting an end to the Seasiders’ dreadful run of 13 goals in their last four games.
Delighted for Stephen Dobbie to get his first win – you can see what it means to him.
Knows his side can play better but today was all about the three points.https://t.co/9XABel1suk
— Matt Scrafton (@matt_scrafton) April 15, 2023
That run resulted in Chris Maxwell being dropped from the starting lineup for Saturday’s must-win game.
“It was just a different situation,” Dobbie explained.
“I spoke with Maxi on Friday, and he was fantastic. It was a simple one because the numbers were three, three, three, and four.
We tried to rotate the defenders during those games, so we figured a change in goal would be beneficial..
“But listen, Maxwell is a very good goalie who is still an important member of the team.” He’s in the locker room congratulating Grimmy and everyone else; that’s the kind of guy he is.”
Only QPR have conceded 67 goals in the Championship this season, so Saturday’s shutout came at an opportune time.
“It was enormous,” Dobbie said. “Before this, it was three, three, three, and four, which can be confusing.
Even at Luton, crosses came into the box, but the centre backs were incredible that day, despite conceding three goals.
“It’s all about instilling confidence in them, because they can keep clean sheets.” These are capable defenders. Then we must allow the boys to go ahead.
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