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Dobie Dobie Do Dec 17 2004

By Toby Porter, South London Press

SCOTT Dobie is starting to prove Gary Megson wrong.

The West Brom manager had a habit of sticking the striker on the bench
even after he had scored winners. When he was still in charge, that is.

Then when the former Carlisle frontman scored the second in a 2-0 win
over Manchester United last season - a minute after coming on - Megson said:
"That is his best position --coming on as a sub."

There's not much point in arguing with Megson, especially now he's
talked himself out of a job. But Dobie likes to do his talking on the pitch.

His voice has been heard loud and clear in the last two games, with
two goals, the usual phenomenal workrate, and some skills which we haven't
seen down at The Den for a few years.

There was a chorus of "ooh" and "aah" at his backheel to set up a
cross for Paul Ifill during the 2-0 win over Brighton on Saturday.

But Dobie won't be doing too much of that in the next few weeks.

"It just happened, really," he said.

"I have a few skills, yes, but not a lot. Some of the lads here have a
good deal more.

"You have to have a bit of everything in the game nowadays. It's all
right to do that sort of thing when you're winning.

"But if you're not, your job is to work hard to get goals.

"That is what I'm about. If I am not having the best game or scoring
goals, I will still give it everything I've got."

Dobie opened his Millwall account by converting a Barry Hayles cross
in the 2-1 win at Wolves last week.

"It was good to go to Molineux and score, especially having been a
West Brom player," he said.

"And even better to win. After three defeats on the trot we needed to
get back to winning.

"I can remember Barry and Danny Dichio doing a great one-two and then
Barry rolled it across the box.

"We had a similar one against West Ham and I couldn't quite get a toe
on it. This time, though, it went in, luckily. It was my fifth game so I
really needed to get on the scoresheet.

"I have never been a 30-goals-a-season man but I would like to get as
many as possible, so it was a relief to get one. But you have to move on."

That's exactly what he did, by following up with a well-taken stab
past Michel Kuipers in the 2-0 win over Brighton last Saturday.

"It was a great defence-splitting pass from Alan Dunne, who made it
easy for me - it was just a matter of putting it in the back of the net."

If only Millwall strikers had found it that easy in the past two
years - in that time, no front man faced with a one-on-one has managed to

"With more balls like that, hopefully I'll score more goals," he

"I am looking to score more. I am in the process of trying to move
house from Birmingham and it was important to make progress as quickly as

"The boys have made it as easy as they can for me to settle and the
manager Dennis Wise and Ray Wilkins have put a lot of faith in me by
continuing to play me.

"I want to repay that faith by getting as many as I can."

As for that super-sub tag, it was part of the reason for his leaving
The Hawthorns.

"I finished top-scorer two or three times but Megson obviously thought
it worked for him because we were promoted twice," said Dobie.

"But I got married in the summer and I'm 26 now. I cannot afford to
stay on the bench. I am not a person who goes knocking on doors. I just try
to get on with it.

"But when Kanu and Robert Earnshaw arrived and went straight into the
team, I started to wonder what more I had to do. It was time to move on."

After his recent displays for the Lions, Millwall fans will be hoping
Dobie hangs around a lot longer.

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I've always rated Dobie, good to see him playing well at Millwall, but not too well, I don't like teams above us in the league :)

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Always thought he was a decent player at Carisle, and looked very good when WBA were in Divison One, he seemed to loose his place and he just slipped away from the starting 11 from there.

I dont think hes one of those players that will get 25 a season but hes deffinatley a talented player and Millwall got a nice replacement for Harris there.
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