CHEERS FOR THE JEERS

Dob­bie cites fed-up Dens fans’ boos as key fac­tor in Queens’ last gasp vic­tory

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STEPHEN DOB­BIE ad­mits Queen of the South knew Dundee were there for the tak­ing — once their own fans started boo­ing them just min­utes into Satur­day’s Dens Park en­counter.

Two-goal hero Dob­bie was the match-win­ner for Al­lan John­ston’s side, with his stop­page-time strike com­ing just 30 sec­onds af­ter Dundee had equalised through Danny John­son.

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

And Dob­bie re­vealed how hear­ing the Dundee faith­ful vent their frus­tra­tion early doors was sim­ply mu­sic to their ears.

He said: ‘I don’t know if the crowd helped them. Some mis­takes do hap­pen, es­pe­cially at the level we’re play­ing at.

‘I think ten 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 tried 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 on to them.

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

Queens be­lied their cur­rent sev­enth-placed sta­tus with this clin­i­cal dis­play, which was rounded off by Dob­bie’s 93rd-minute chip over home keeper Jack Hamil­ton af­ter cen­tre-half Jor­don Forster had gifted them pos­ses­sion.

But skip­per Dob­bie has told them to find some much-needed con­sis­tency if they’re to launch a gen­uine chal­lenge for a play-off place.

He added: ‘I think we’ve just got to try and get some mo­men­tum and take one game at a time.

‘In all the sea­sons I’ve been here, we’ve said we’re go­ing to push for the play-offs and then we win one game and then go and lose one.

‘It’s more just about try­ing to get a run go­ing. Maybe we can then look at things around Fe­bru­ary.’

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 Fir Park back in the sum­mer.

The former Mother­well striker has be­come frus­trated at not get­ting a reg­u­lar start­ing berth in re­cent weeks, and would rel­ish the op­por­tu­nity to part­ner Hem­mings, who was again used in a lone striker 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 it 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.

‘We do show glimpses of play­ing well to­gether when we’re on the pitch.’

John­son has surely given him­self a fight­ing chance of start­ing away to Ar­broath this week­end, and the for­ward in­sists he just needs to be shown faith that he can de­liver in the fi­nal third.

He added: ‘I’m ob­vi­ously some­one who wants to be play­ing. I know what I can do when I’m play­ing.

‘But de­ci­sions are de­ci­sions. I’ve just got to get on with it and prove my point when I get my chance.

‘Peo­ple al­ways say that I can’t play up front by my­self but I would dis­agree.

‘I’ve told many peo­ple — pre­vi­ous man­agers to be pre­cise — I can play there if they be­lieve in me.

‘Every­where I’ve been, I’ve al­ways been moved out to the wing. Peo­ple do see me play­ing as part of a two up front which I feel I’m best play­ing with some­one and mak­ing runs to­gether.’

Match-win­ner: Dob­bie seals Queens vic­tory with his se­cond

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