We used frus­trated crowd to our ad­van­tage, says Dob­bie

Evening Times - - SPORT - Euan McArthur at Dens Park

STEPHEN DOB­BIE has told how Queen of the South sensed they had Dundee on the ropes as soon as their own sup­port­ers took to jeer­ing them just min­utes into Satur­day’s Dens Park en­counter.

Two-goal hero Dob­bie shone for Al­lan John­ston’s Doon­hamers with his in­jury-time strike which can­celled out Danny Johnson’s equaliser just sec­onds ear­lier af­ter giv­ing the vis­i­tors a spec­tac­u­lar first-half lead.

The cap­tain couldn’t be­lieve he was hear­ing such a deaf­en­ing cho­rus of jeers from the fed-up home fans who en­dured yet more mis­ery by watch­ing their favourites slump to their third straight Championsh­ip de­feat.

And Dob­bie ad­mits hear­ing the dis­il­lu­sioned Dundee faith­ful vent their frus­tra­tion early doors proved the equiv­a­lent of mu­sic to their ears.

“I don’t know if the crowd helped them,” said Dob­bie af­ter­wards. “Some mis­takes do hap­pen, es­pe­cially at the level we’re play­ing at.

“I think 10 or 15 min­utes in they started boo­ing some of their play­ers. That’s what hap­pens but any other time I’ve played here they’ve been bril­liant and got be­hind their team.

“We tried to take ad­van­tage of that and try to get them to make mis­takes. That was our game-plan. We set up to press them and then they maybe go and kick the ball out the park, so the fans start get­ting onto them.

“So it’s a case of let’s go again and get the next one. . . that’s how we built our con­fi­dence.”

Mean­while, Dundee striker Johnson has pleaded with boss James McPake to un­leash him from the start along­side Kane Hem­mings in a bid to save their sink­ing sea­son.

The 26-year-old stepped off the bench and looked like sal­vaging a point for the un­der-par hosts by tak­ing his tally to six goals this sea­son since sign­ing on a two-year deal from Mother­well back in the sum­mer.

For­mer Mid­dles­brough ace Johnson has be­come frus­trated at not get­ting a reg­u­lar start­ing berth in re­cent weeks, and would rel­ish the op­por­tu­nity to part­ner Hem­mings who was once more used in a lone strik­ing role at the week­end.

Johnson said: “We’ve got to find a way to break teams down if it’s with one or two up front, but it’s dif­fi­cult when you’re play­ing up there by your­self and you can’t break teams down.

“You do get frus­trated when teams sit in and there’s not much room for play­ers to get on the ball and find you. I think we could work well as a part­ner­ship. We haven’t re­ally played much to­gether.

“If you look at the first half against Dundee United ear­lier in the sea­son – even though we lost 6-2 – I think we played well to­gether then.”

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