McCormack Poor But Redeemed By Effort
Cardiff City`s top scorer Ross McCormack undoubtedly played his poorest game for the Bluebirds on Saturday as we were thumped 3-0 at home by Ipswich Town. It was McCormack`s early penalty miss that set the tone for a hapless and disappointing afternoon as his low effort was saved at full stretch by Richard Wright.
It wasn`t a bad penalty, but could have been hit harder. The problem was that this was the second time in a week McCormack saw his effort saved and he was visibly shaken. The Scottish striker could hardly believe it and the miss surely affected his confidence.
Following that, we saw McCormack`s touch desert him. Passes mishit, flicks to no-one and losing possession far more readily than usual. In addition, some truly awful shooting was on display as his efforts went wayward including one left footer from 18 yards that almost cleared the Canton Stand.
It was an act of mercy when he was replaced by Chopra in the second half but I will say thuis for McCormack. He never once stopped trying or switched off. Whilst others around his deserted their duties and hid from the ball, McCormack never stopped showing or presenting. He tried to dummy, flick and run at players. Although he was lacking confidence and did not have any end product, he was proud and determijned enough to keep working hard and striving to change the game.
A number of other players, most notably in midfield could do worse than following McCormack`s lead. I would mind betting the likes of Rae and Parry will score higher in the markings than Rosco - but it was their contributions (or lack of) that saw us toothless, pedestrian and outplayed in the centre of the park.