Ipswich Town 1 Leeds United 2: McCormack earns praise from Whites chief

Ross McCormack.

Ross McCormack.

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Brian McDermott saw his Leeds United side return from Ipswich Town with all three points.

Scott Wootton was named a substitute after his move to United in midweek. Sam Byram (hip) is still out, with El-Hadji Diouf also on the bench after boosting his fitness playing 90 minutes for the reserves on Monday.

David McGoldrick gave the hosts a 12th minute lead, but Luke Varney soon equalised for the Whites.

McCormack, subject of three failed bids from Middlesbrough, played a massive part in Leeds’s equaliser after they fell behind to a great strike from David McGoldrick on 11 minutes.

The striker took aim from 25 yards and his speculative effort cannoned off Luke Chambers and into the path of Varney, who made no mistake.

McCormack then grabbed a winner with a 20-yarder to leave manager Brian McDermott full of praise.

“Ross is a quality player who scored a quality goal,” he said.

“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.”

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