Ross McCormack

McCormack is finding his scoring boots

Leeds played a behind closed doors friendly at Elland Road on Tuesday. The game finished 2-2 against visiting Rochdale who included ex-Leeds man Anthony Elding in their squad.

The match was originally scheduled for Thorp Arch but was moved to Elland Road due to the weather conditions.
The Leeds side was comprised of fringe players to give them some playing time going into the Christmas period. Ross McCormack netted both goals for the Whites, putting them ahead before equalising with a great long distance shot after Rochdale had hit back twice.

It was an attacking side including Lloyd Sam, Sanchez Watt, Ross McCormack, Davide Somma and Billy Paynter. Watt was effective, playing a part in McCormack’s first goal and it’ll be promising for Simon Grayson that the Arsenal loanee is recovering well from his recent injury while it’s good for all concerned to see that McCormack is finding his scoring boots going into a hectic fixture schedule.

Grayson had praised Leigh Bromby, who played in a reserve friendly last week, for his performance when he returned to the first team against QPR. Reserve team coach, Neil Redfearn, cited these behind closed door friendlies as important in players’ preparations for first team action.

The match also saw playing time for Ben Parker – another boost for Grayson who will want as many players fit and raring to go as the fixtures come thick and fast.

6 Responses

  1. TheReaper08

    @timhodge Do you know what position Parker played ? Looking at the line up and players it looks like he may have played CB with Faye, is that right ?

    • Tim Hodge

      I didn’t actually see the game so I’m not entirely sure but yeah, seems like it was Hughes and Bessone right and left with Faye and Parker in the middle.

      I know Parker has played central defence in the reserves before.

      • TheReaper08

        @timhodge And do you know how he fared ? I am only imagining based on stature, positional sense and speed across the ground that he would make quite a good CB.

      • TSS


        I’ve seen him play centre-back before and thought he looked a natural. I remember questioning the logic beforehand because he’s a little light-weight, but then, so was Jonathan Woodgate I suppose.

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