Leeds United: Proud McCormack hails team effort

Leeds United's Ross McCormack with the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month award. PIC: Nigel Roddis
Leeds United's Ross McCormack with the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month award. PIC: Nigel Roddis
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Ross McCormack shared the acclaim with his team-mates and manager Brian McDermott after winning the Championship’s player-of-the-month award for the first time in his Leeds United career.

The striker was rewarded by the Football League for a remarkable haul of seven goals in November – four of them coming in one game against Charlton Athletic.

But he gave the credit to the players and staff around him at Elland Road, saying: “Without them I wouldn’t have won this.”

McCormack has hit a remarkable vein of goalscoring form this season, taking his tally to 15 after striking twice in Wednesday night’s 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic, and he is four away from equalling his highest total in a single term for United.

The club are reaping the reward of the four-year contract they gave to McCormack in August – a deal which ended a long-running attempt by Middlesbrough to sign him – and he was chosen for the Football League’s award ahead of Leicester City winger Lloyd Dyer, Brighton goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak and Derby County’s Andre Wisdom.

McCormack said: “I was delighted to win it because there are some outstanding players in the Championship.

“I want to thank my team-mates because without them I wouldn’t have won this and I’d like to thank the gaffer as well because he gives you belief and confidence.

“November was a good month for us in terms of results and Charlton was obviously a personal highlight for me.

“But it’s all about the team and winning games.”

McDermott brushed off the suggestion that McCormack’s form might lead to more bids for him in the January transfer window, saying: “Unless someone proves me wrong, I don’t think this is a selling club any more.”

The United boss added: “We got offered a certain amount of money for Ross (in August) and I don’t think that would buy a part of his body now, thinking about the goals he’s scoring and the way he’s playing.

“He’s not even at his peak yet. He’ll get better and better and better.”

McDermott was among the four nominees for the Championship’s manager of the month award but was beaten to the prize by Brighton boss Oscar Garcia.

Albion took 10 points from a possible 12 in November and conceded only twice, pulling themselves back into the top half of the table.

McDermott said: “If Ross is player of the month then it means we’re doing well.

“If I’m in the frame to be manager of the month, it means we’re doing well.

“But you want to be winning (manager of the month) in March and April. That means you’re doing well at the back-end of the season.”

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