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