Dobbie aware of play-off pressure

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Swansea midfielder Stephen Dobbie is no stranger to the pressures of a Championship play-off final.

Out of favour under then Swans boss Paulo Sousa following injury, the Scot was last February allowed out on loan to Blackpool whom he duly helped clinch Wembley success in a thrilling showpiece against Cardiff.

Just like last year, Dobbie last week scored a semi-final second-leg goal to help shoot down Nottingham Forest - the difference when he walks out under the famous arch of the national stadium 12 months on being that he will now be wearing the white of his parent club and not the tangerine of the Seasiders.

But Dobbie can draw comparisons between the Blackpool side of last May and the current Swans set up.

"The gaffer (Brendan Rodgers) is fantastic and I'm sure you've all seen the videos of Ian Holloway, he's just a character the same as the gaffer," Dobbie said. "He's turned the team around from defending into attacking.

"There are similarities with the team spirit as well, it shows when we go away on activity days and everyone's together. There's good banter and I think that`s what sets you in good stead for the big games."

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