Dobbie has the Holloway formula down to a piece of cake

Denied: Stephen Dobbie sees his shot saved by Jason Steele in the Boro goal SP72947

Ramage on song: Palace's central defender celebrates his second goal in as many games SP72947

For you: Kevin Phillips gives the Palace fans what they want SP72947

Bang: Kevin Phillips came off the bench to score Palace's fourth goal on Saturday SP72947

Opening goal: Palace celebrate breaking the deadlock against Middlesbrough SP72947

Down but not out: Jonny Williams finds himself on the deck against Middlesbrough, but the winger would have the last laugh SP72947

First published in Crystal Palace FC

By Anthony Hay

Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway praised Stephen "the icing on the cake" Dobbie after the 4-1 Championship win over Middlesbrough.

Goals from Glenn Murray (two), Peter Ramage and Kevin Phillips blew the Eagles Championship rivals away at Selhurst Park.

And Dobbie was only denied a first goal in a Palace shirt by an excellent save from Jason Steele in the Boro goal.

However, Holloway was full of praise for the midfielder who joined fron Brighton in January.

“I have always said that Dobbie is not your cake mix, he’s your icing on the top. He’s a beautiful, fantastic and wonderful player," Holloway said.

"He’s a beautiful artist and he’s added some things that I know and want in positions that he already naturally goes.

He added: "We look more cohesive because the style we’ve picked up and been winning with. I brought two players who know me. So I don’t have to teach them anything.

“Our fans haven’t seen the best of him yet because he normally scores. He’s a goalscorer and he hasn’t done that yet."

Crystal Palace face Bristol City, who are struggling in the relegation zone, tomorrow night.

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