Dobbie and Holt have brought a touch of class to top-of-the-table duel, says Fyvie
FRASER FYVIE believes there are striking similarities between Grant Holt and Stephen Dobbie as the veteran frontmen prepare to cross swords at Palmerston Park.
Dobbie has taken the Championship by storm in his second spell at Queen of the South, scoring nine goals in as many matches to fire the Dumfries side to the summit of the second tier.
Formerly on the books at Hibs, he has already got the better of his old employers by climbing off the bench to inspire a 3-1 win for Queens at Easter Road in the Betfred Cup.
Norwich City legend Holt, 35, has failed to hit the same heights in front of goal, finding the net just once following his arrival. Nevertheless, his technical quality, ability to hold the ball up and positive influence on young Jason Cummings has been clear to see.
And Fyvie sees plenty of shared qualities between the duo, who have brought a wealth of experience from English football with the likes of Bolton, Wigan and Aston Villa to their respective clubs.
“When you get Stephen Dobbie running at you, and the other players around him, Queens have a really good d y n a m i c ,” sa i d the former Aberdeen midfielder.
“It was great for a team in this division to get a player of Dobbie’s quality and I think every team they’ve played this season has seen the quality they have – including us, when they beat us in the [Betfred] Cup.
“There are similarities with what Dobbie has brought to Queens and what Grant Holt has brought to us.
“They’re both experienced lads who have played at the highest level.
“Queens are in good form in the league, sitting at the top of the table so it should be an excellent game. They’re a good side, especially on the counter attack. I think this weekend’s game will be a good test for both teams and hopefully an enjoyable one.”
Both clubs take to the artificial turf in Dumfries seeking to bounce back from rare disappointments this term.
Hibs endured a shock 2-1 defeat against Ayr United, with a Marvin Bartley red card – since downgraded to a caution, allowing him to play today – prompting them to throw away a one-goal lead. Queens, meanwhile, were battered 5-0 by Rangers in the quarter finals of the Betfred Cup, bringing their nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions to a shuddering halt.
“Obviously Ayr was a disappointing result,” Fyvie continued. “And we’ve had our discussions about what went wrong and what we could have done better. But after that you lift the mood in the camp and you get on with it.”
KING OF THE SOUTH: Stephen Dobbie is in sizzling form after returning to Queens.
FYVIE: ‘It was great for a team in this division to get a player of Dobbie’s quality’.