Thursday, August 25, 2005

Savage: the "supporter on the pitch"

Blackburn Rovers midfielder Robbie Savage is the "supporter on the pitch".

I remember Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes saying at the time of the Robbie Savage signing that he bought him not only because he thought him a good player, but also because he observed that he is a player who very much play to the crowd. That observation could not be more than apparent last night against Tottenham Hotspur at home. Down to ten men and only minutes left to go for the match, Savage played a short corner to defender Ryan Nelsen and decided to run down the clock, much to the consternation of the Blackburn End, who could quite easily be heard on the television.

Another corner kick was soon won, and after conversing with the crowd he ordered Nelsen off because he wanted to give the supporters what they wanted and try for a corner kick that could finish in a goal. He over hit it and made a complete waste of it in the end, but that intent to treat the supporters to what they wanted is exactly the sort of thing that many clubs would like to have. Robbie Savage could perhaps be called the "supporter on the pitch".


At Sunday, September 11, 2005 7:41:00 am, Anonymous Tony said...

Having recently watched Robbie Savage lose for the first time ever against Villa, I've got a lot more patience for the guy!

At Sunday, September 18, 2005 1:33:00 am, Blogger Ian Edwards said...

Being Welsh, I am a big fan of Robbie Savage. He has his critics, but he puts his heart into each game, and hates to lose - just like the supporters. While some players go through the motions at time on the pitch, Robbie Savage is always the one trying to squeeze some enthusiasm out of them.

At Tuesday, March 28, 2006 4:22:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Lee Dixon thinks Drogba saying he dives sometimes was a language problem.

But for that to work, we have to have an idea what he might have understood by the question. Do you
fall????? It doesn't make sense.

It's hard to see how it was just a misunderstanding / mistranslation.

Here's another interpretation: one might argue he was showing a peculiar supercilious disdain for the whole massive cash-cow that's turned him into a rich superstar.

Perhaps he's been reading too much Camus.

Boycott Football!

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