Dowie slams Savage
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Iain Dowie has slammed Robbie Savage following a tunnel bust-up at Ewood Park.Crystal Palace boss Iain Dowie has hit out at Robbie Savage following a tunnel bust-up at half time during their 1-0 defeat at Blackburn.
Reports suggest Savage and Palace winger Wayne Routledge became embroiled in a scuffle at the break at Ewood Park.
Savage was lucky to escape a red card in the game following several hefty challenges and tempers boiled over as the players made their way to the dressing room at the break.
It is believed that Savage has been caught on television footage clipping Routledge round the head on the way to the tunnel and that players from both sides had to be separated going into the dressing rooms.
Dowie was unhappy with the fracas and warned Savage that the matter would not be forgotten at Palace.
"A young boy was clipped around the head with an elbow," said Dowie.
"If he (Savage) had wanted to do it to some of our senior players or myself I would have been quite happy to have had a chat with him about it.
"That has not lost us the game but it is disappointing when it happens to a boy that age.
"That is for brave people to do when they are on their way off rather than pick one of the bigger lads. He will have to deal with that.
"We will keep it in our hat until next time we meet. That is the best way."
Meanwhile, Dowie has called on his side to stand up and be counted as they look to avoid relegation.
"I don't expect people to be coming in with bumps and bruises now," added Dowie.
"It is time for everyone to step up to the plate now, knocks or not. Knees, bad ankles, I don't want to hear about them now.
"Let's not be down in the dumps, we have got opportunities to get results. We are not chucking in the towel.
"No one has run away from us and we have got to get a result against Liverpool.
"We have to get together, keep working for each other and put up a fighting performance."
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