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Robbie Savage critical of Derby support

Robbie Savage
It's okay when you are knocking four past Watford and playing well. When it's scrappy, that's when you need the fans

Robbie Savage

Derby County captain Robbie Savage has criticised the club's fans for showing a lack of patience and support in Monday's 0-0 home draw with Millwall.

Savage admitted the Rams were below par but said four points from two games was a good return having lost five out of five before the win against Preston.

"What you want them to do when we are not playing well is get behind us," Savage, 36, told BBC Radio Derby.

"It's as if they're waiting for a mistake to get on our backs."

Savage said that the Rams supporters could be "fantastic" and that the fans pay the wages, come in their numbers and have the right to boo.

But he added: "It's okay when you are knocking four past Watford and playing well. When it's scrappy, that's when you need the fans.

"When the atmosphere is buzzing it's easy to watch a team when they are doing exceptionally well. Everybody can cheer and get behind the team when it's free-flowing football.

"But on occasions - when you lose five on the run - you are not going to play well. So to go to Preston on the back of a hiding at Forest and to grind out a result [against Millwall] when you didn't play well is a credit to the boys.

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"It's two games in 48 hours and it was a whole-hearted performance - not the free-flowing football we have seen at Pride Park this season but before the weekend we would have taken four points.

"It's easy to cheer when you are playing well but it's the hardest thing in the world to get behind the team when you're not playing well and going through a bad spell."



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