Stephen Dobbie continues to defy belief at Queen of the South

Stephen Dobbie continues to defy belief at Queen of the South

By Cammy Anderson

Another weekend and another multi-goal performance from Queen of the South’s Stephen Dobbie, who, to put it simply is well… pretty good and the stats are there to back him up all the way.


After 10 games played across all competitions, Dobbie has found the net a rather remarkable 18 times. Scoring not one, not two but three hat-tricks already. It’s certainly not a bad haul from a 35-year-old who should probably be winding down at this stage of his career.


Instead, Dobbie is in fact playing the best football of his career based on current form despite being in his twilight years. He finds himself just eight goals shy of matching his tally of the past two seasons where he scored 26 times across all competitions; a personal seasonal goalscoring record.


With a current goals per game of 1.8 goals per game across all competitions and a 2.0 average in the Championship alone, Dobbie will reach last year’s target in just over four games time given he keeps up his run of form. And this is something he is more than capable of doing given that he’s scored in eight of the 10 games he’s played so far this season and in each of the last four.



The stats clearly show that Dobbie is in a league of his own when it comes to comparing his minutes per goal with fellow Championship goalscorers with a goal coming from him an average of every 45 minutes.


Joint second top scorers, Dundee United’s Paul Watson, Partick Thistle’s Chris Erskine and Ayr United’s Lawrence Shankland (three goals), in comparison average a goal every 90, 100 and 120 minutes respectively. Third top goalscorer, Morton’s Michael Tidser (two goals) meanwhile averages a goal every 170 minutes.


His goalscoring record of 118 in 183 games overall for the Doonhamers sees him sit with an average of 0.64 goals per game for the club. Moreover, his goalscoring record at Championship level is even better with 92 strikes in 154 games which translates to an average of 0.59 goals per game.



Simply put, he makes the traditionally difficult Championship look rather easy for himself, despite not being blessed with top teammates in comparison to some of those he could have in the league.


Ayr’s previously watertight defence burst


Prior to their trip to Palmerston Park, newcomers Ayr had let in just one goal in their opening three Championship fixtures.


The recently promoted side conceded their first goal in the 4-1 win over Dunfermline two weeks ago but there is no way they could have foreseen their defence combusting like they did at the weekend as they were brought crashing back down to earth after the 5-0 walloping.


With Ian McCall’s side knocked off the top of the defensive record table, Inverness now occupy top spot with just two goals conceded in as many games.


Championship observations


– Inverness remain the only undefeated side in the Championship after their 3-0 victory away to a faltering Dunfermline side. Despite this, John Robertson’s men find themselves in second place to favourites Ross County, who bounced back from defeat to Morton by beating Falkirk 2-0 at the weekend.


– Dunfermline are having serious problems at the back. With 12 goals shipped in the league, the Pars have the second worst defensive record in the SPFL. Only League Two Albion Rovers have a worse one with 16 as they sit bottom of the SPFL, pointless after five games.


– Things seem to be turning around for Alloa as they picked up their second point in as many weeks as Iain Flannigan once again scored late on to secure the Wasps a draw against Dundee United.

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