HAM­STRUNG

Squad chal­lenged to fill Dob­bie void

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - THE BACK PAGE - Stephen Tem­lett

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

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Agony Dob­bie hob­bles off after in­jur­ing ham­string.

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