Derby veteran Savage praises Taarabt - but only after winding him up!

Derby County veteran Robbie Savage heaped praise on QPR star Adel Taarabt - but only after winding him up during their 0-0 draw!

Derby County veteran Robbie Savage heaped praise on QPR star Adel Taarabt - but only after winding him up during their 0-0 draw!

Savage claimed during and after the match that he once again had Taarabt in his pocket. The veteran midfielder had boasted after last season's meeting between the sides that he had kept Rangers' star man quiet.

And after repeating the trick at Loftus Road last night, he wrote on his Twitter feed: "It was hard playing with 12 stone in my pocket!!"

Savage, approaching 37 and retirement, continued to follow the 21-year-old Moroccan's every move, chipping at his heels and chirping in his ear until he was finally substituted with 20 minutes to go.

Taarabt hurled a water bottle in frustration as he stomped off while Savage mimed taking him back out of his pocket to the delight of the travelling fans afterwards. "He's a talent, but sometimes when it is not going his way he can have a little strop," Savage told the London Evening Standard.

"But he deserves to be the player of the year because he has got great skill and great ability and he's very good on his day. I would have preferred him to stay on because he was not doing anything."

Rams boss Nigel Clough said: "I think it's a psychological thing. Robbie's done it to him a few times in the past. It's down to experience.

"The kid has got ability but he knows Robbie will stick to his task.

"He's probably the only player in the League you would do it for."

 
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