The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ben Baker

STRIKER Stephen Dob­bie ex­pe­ri­enced the pain of rel­e­ga­tion with Black­pool last term, but does not ex­pect cur­rent club Bolton Wan­der­ers to go the same way.

The Tan­ger­ines fin­ished rock bot­tom of the Cham­pi­onship, 20 points from safety, with a host of off-field prob­lems adding to their mis­ery.

Bolton find them­selves in the bot­tom three, 16 games into the sea­son, but Dob­bie does not fear the drop.

“We feel we’ve got the qual­ity to get out of trou­ble, but it doesn’t just hap­pen, it takes hard work,” he said.

“I think the play­ers feel they’ve got some­thing to prove af­ter Tues­day night’s 20 de­feat to Ip­swich.”

Dob­bie was an unused sub­sti­tute at Port­man Road and has found op­por­tu­ni­ties at the Macron Sta­dium few and far be­tween this sea­son.

How­ever, he ac­cepts the team gain­ing points is more im­por­tant, say­ing: “I haven’t played as much as I’d have liked.

“But I’m old enough now to bite my tongue and get on with it.”

UP­BEAT: Stephen Dob­bie

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