Robbie Savage boasts about getting Dion Dublin sent off for Aston Villa

Robbie Savage

The former Birmingham City midfielder has been recalling the infamous headbutt incident.

Robbie Savage has been previewing Aston Villa's Capital One Cup clash against Birmingham City with a rather boastful explanation of how he got Dion Dublin sent off many years ago, according to the Daily Mirror.

Indeed, during an infamous derby between Villa and Birmingham, Savage was headbutted by Dublin, who then saw red.

And the midfielder shows no remorse over what he said to the Aston Villa striker to provoke a reaction. The Welshman's language wasn't very nice... 

Savage told the Mirror: "Dublin should have been sent off for the original tackle. He went straight through the back of me, although I heard him coming and managed to ride the impact.

"I wound him up by jumping to my feet and calling him a w***** - it was only verbals, nothing more, but just as Diego Costa got under Gabriel’s skin at the Chelsea-Arsenal game on Saturday, Dion rose to the bait, he lost the plot.

“Did his head-butt hurt? Not at all, because it was 0-0 at the time and we went on to win 2-0. Villa finished with nine men after Joey Gudjonsson got sent off as well."

Will we see anything like that in this Villa - Birmingham derby?

The atmosphere will be just as fierce, while Tim Sherwood is a very verbal manager who may well rile up his players before the game - and may not necessarily have the experience to curb their instincts if they go overboard.

Last season's FA Cup clash between Aston Villa and West Brom, meanwhile, shows that anything can still happen during a Midlands derby (fans invaded the pitch after Villa won).

Seeing any headbutts might be unlikely, though. Probably because Savage isn't still around at Birmingham...

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