Squad challenged to fill Dobbie void
Gary Naysmith has called on his players to step up in Stephen Dobbie’s absence.
The striker will be out of action for a couple of weeks while he recovers from a hamstring injury he picked up after scoring the winner against Partick Thistle on Saturday.
Now the Palmerston gaffer wants the rest of the squad to prove they aren’t a oneman team as they travel to Ross County this weekend.
Naysmith said: “We’re reluctant to put a definitive timescale on him. I will say he’s going to be missing the next couple of games at least and I’ll state that clearly.
“We’d rather not say ‘this is how long’ in case he doesn’t make that target and people start worrying. And we won’t be rushing him back, either.
“The other thing is everyone’s recovery is different. Connor Murray would recover from this quicker than Stephen, given his age.”
The boss added: “It’s been said that we are a oneman team but that’s unfair. Stephen’s praised his teammates after games too.
“So we want to win for
Stephen on Saturday and we want to show people we can get results without him.
“I only really have him and Lyndon Dykes as strikers so it most likely means we’ll need to play some people out of position.”
Naysmith pointed to last season’s win over Dundee United without the talismanic forward, which he called one of the best performances of the campaign.
This weekend the Palmerston side will face stiff competition from second-placed Ross County, who are often an unpredictable side.
Naysmith said: “Ross County have been going well and have a good squad. I don’t think they’re getting the credit they deserve. People will say ‘they should be up there’ but there’s a difference between expectation and delivering on that.
“They’ve only conceded three goals at home so far in the league this season so we know what we’re up against.
“We played well against them at home and there’s nothing for us to fear.
“They have good players in every position and they are flexible. They’ve played different formations in their last two games and when they came to Palmerston they dropped their two full-backs and only named two recognised defenders. They have a real strength and depth in their squad.
“It shows you where there’s a difference between ourselves and Ross County. If they lose Billy Mckay they can call on Declan McManus, Brian Graham, Russell Dingwall or Ross Stewart.
“On the other hand, we are pretty limited in our options. We need to step up.”
Crisis Dobbie goes down injured during Thistle game
Agony Dobbie hobbles off after injuring hamstring.