Forward offers his assessment of Wanderers' defeat to Huddersfield Town on Saturday
Despite making his first start for the club since his summer move to Macron Stadium in Saturday’s clash with Huddersfield Town, Stephen Dobbie was bitterly disappointed with the final result at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Having taken an early lead through Liam Feeney, Wanderers eventually went down by four goals to one in Yorkshire, also ending the game with ten men following the late dismissal of Derik Osede for a second bookable offence.
Starting the game upfront with Emile Heskey, Dobbie admitted his frustration at a testing afternoon for the Whites but called for the team to put the result behind them as quickly as possible.
“It was a disappointing afternoon, especially after we started so well,” said the 32-year-old. “Had we managed to hang on at the end of the first half instead of conceding the equaliser like we did, it might have been a different story.
“It’s definitely a goal that could have been avoided. We went in disappointed with the goal, but on the whole we were pleased with the way we’d played in general as we dominated for much of the first half.
“We limited them to only a few chances and kept the ball quite well, but goals change games and Huddersfield are proof of that today.”
He continued: “We’re not too sure what happened really. I thought the big boy for them, Ishmael Miller played quite well and held the ball up for them well the same way Gary and Emile do for us.
“He was bringing players into play for them on the flanks and when the second goal went in, we just couldn’t deal with them.”
Reflecting on the early loss of his strike partner due to injury, Dobbie said: “It was a big blow to lose Emile so early on.
“He’s important for us in the sense that he holds the ball up and hold players off, but him coming off and Gary replacing him wasn’t too much of a difference because they’re similar players really.”
With the visit of league leaders Brighton to come next weekend, the game is one which Dobbie believes can provide Wanderers with the perfect opportunity to bounce back from their disappointing defeat at the hands of the Terriers.
“Of course, I’m pleased to get my chance but the result is bitterly disappointing. It’s back to business on Monday though – we need to put this behind us and on a personal point, hopefully I can stay in the team too.
“We’ve got two massive games coming up in Brighton and QPR before the international break, so it’s important that we bounce back and also continue our good home record next weekend.”
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