We used frustrated crowd to our advantage, says Dobbie
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.”