Elland Road

Next Game

Leeds v Bolton

Saturday, 30 August 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Coral Windows Stadium

Last Game

Bradford 2 - 1 Leeds

Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 19:45

Capital One Cup Second Round

McDermott talks up McCormack

Brian McDermott hailed the impact of striker Ross McCormack as Leeds won 2-1 in the Sky Bet Championship at Ipswich, while Town boss Mick McCarthy was left frustrated.

Last Updated: 25/08/13 at 11:43 Post Comment

Brian McDermott: Praise for Leeds striker Ross McCormack

Brian McDermott: Praise for Leeds striker Ross McCormack

McCormack played an integral part in Leeds' equaliser, as Luke Varney crashed home to level David McGoldrick's 11th-minute opener, before the striker celebrated his recall to the Scotland squad with a winner three minutes after the restart.

McCormack has been the subject of a reported three bids from Middlesbrough but McDermott is unwilling to sell given his importance to the side.

The manager explained: "Ross is a quality player who scored a quality goal.

"I don't know how many bids we have had - I leave that to the owners and the player's agent. But I want him to stay and Ross wants to stay.

"I think selling him to another Championship club sends out the wrong message."

Aside from praising his striker, whose talks over a new deal at Leeds to warn off potential suitors continues, McDermott was equally delighted with his side's gutsy performance.

Ipswich dominated the first 25 minutes, scoring with a lethal 20-yard finish from McGoldrick and then seeing a lovely curling effort from left-back Aaron Cresswell cannon off the crossbar.

But after Varney equalised and McCormack grabbed a winner that Leeds overall deserved, McDermott said: "They were on top for the first 25 minutes and we had to change our shape in the second half.

"We have been 1-0 down (in three league games) this season, but that happens in football. There is good resilience and desire in the dressing room I thought we were good value for the result."

Town boss Mick McCarthy was disappointed his side didn't capitalise further during the dominant opening throes of the match - and also admitted his keeper Scott Loach came in and apologised to the dressing room after reacting slowly to McCormack's skidding winner.

McCarthy said: "We should have put them to the sword when we were on top in the first half.

"But then they got a fortuitous equaliser which changed the course of the game.

"The second goal was a real poor one to concede, from the moment we gave the ball away to the shot.

"He (Loach) came in and apologised - he should have saved it and he knows that. There is no point dancing around the issue."

As his own side reflect on a tough Championship start that has seen them accrue just three points from a possible 12, McCarthy paid tribute to their opponents.

He added: "Leeds have got some good experienced players and the front three (Varney, McCormack and Noel Hunt) are a real handful.

"They defended doggedly in the second half but we should have made them pay in the first half.

"If it had ended up 1-1, we would have taken that."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Transfer news: Fernando Torres set to have a medical with AC Milan

Fernando Torres to have medical with AC Milan on Saturday ahead of a move to the Serie A club, Sky sources understand.

Europa League: Roberto Martinez happy Everton start and finish at home

Roberto Martinez is happy with the way the fixtures have worked out for Everton in their tough Europa League draw.

Premier League: Louis van Gaal says top four is Manchester United's target

Louis van Gaal has set Manchester United an initial target of a top-four finish in this season's Premier League.

Mail Box

Surely A Spurs Fan Should Remember...

...what happened to the fourth Champions League place the last time an English team won the thing. Plus, who would want to pay £60 to watch the current England team?

Ginger Pirlo? Don't Make Me Laugh...

A Sunderland fan in the mailbox is surprised by Jack Colback's call up to the England squad. Plus, thoughts on Welbeck and Liverpool's Champions League draw...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property