McCormack attitude earns praise

10 August 2009 07:18
Cardiff City manager Dave Jones praised Ross McCormack for his performance in Saturday's 4-0 Championship season-opening win over Scunthorpe.The unsettled Scotland striker was greeted by a ripple of boos from the Cardiff fans when he took the field. But McCormack produced a display full of skill and commitment, having a hand in Cardiff's first three goals. "Full praise to him because I thought he was superb, his attitude went along with everybody else," Jones said. "Full credit to him because I think he thought he was going to get a lot of stick. "But if he keeps playing the way he's playing, whether he stays or he goes, while he's here if he keeps performing to the levels that we want then no one can knock him for that." McCormack signed a new four-year deal with Cardiff in July, but three weeks later surprised Peter Ridsdale by calling the Cardiff chairman to say he would like to to consider offers for him from Premier League clubs. The 22-year-old, who joined 12 months ago from Motherwell for £130,000, has since said he is "happy" to stay at the Bluebirds. But the episode had still left a sour taste in the mouth of many home fans, some of whom showed their displeasure as the team-sheets were read out at the new Cardiff City Stadium. But McCormack, playing out of position on the left rather than his preferred central striking role, set about restoring his Cardiff reputation. He sparked the move that led to Cardiff's 21st-minute opener with a sublime back-heel tight on the left touchline that nutmegged his marker, McCormack spinning smartly to reclaim possession and cut infield. The Scot picked out Peter Whittingham in space, whose shot cannoned off Michael Chopra in the Scunthorpe penalty area and looped into the back of the net. Hull City are the only club to have made a firm bid for McCormack, although other teams are understood to be interested, but their £3m offer fell some way short of Cardiff's £5m valuation. Phil Brown, the Hull manager, has said he thought their offer was fair, but Jones says the Tigers may have to revaluate McCormack's worth after his performance. "I get on well with Phil, we all have our valuations," Jones added. "If he saw Ross McCormack on Saturday - and I hope he has - then maybe the valuation will go up!" Cardiff are swiftly back in action on Tuesday night, with a home Carling Cup tie against Dagenham and Redbridge. Meanwhile, Cardiff's Championship fixture at home to Ipswich Town, originally scheduled for Saturday 28 November, has been moved back 24 hours to the Sunday (kick off 1500 GMT). The Wales rugby union team play Australia at the Millennium Stadium on that Saturday, so British Transport Police have requested that the Bluebirds' fixture be moved.

Source: BBC_Sport