Dob­bie and Holt have brought a touch of class to top-of-the-table duel, says Fyvie

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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.”

Pic­ture: SNS

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’.

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