McCormack tips Swindon to climb the table

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Brentford's Alan McCormack Brentford's Alan McCormack

EX-SWINDON captain Alan McCormack expects his old club to continue to climb the League One table as he prepares to go face-to-face with his former team on Boxing Day.

The Irishman left the County Ground in the summer following the Robins play-off semi-final exit at the hands of his new club Brentford and has since become a mainstay of a Bees side which currently sits third in the table.

McCormack has been impressed with what he’s seen of Mark Cooper’s new-look Town side, having watched them live on a few occasions, and believes both his new and old clubs will be in the promotion race at the end of the season.

“It’s a completely new side at Swindon near enough, although Wardy (Darren Ward), Wes (Foderingham), Jay (McEveley), Nathan (Thompson) and Miles (Storey) are still around, but probably less than 10 of the 20 or 25 we had,” McCormack told the Advertiser.

“There’s a lot of new faces but you get that a lot in football when new owners and new managers want to get their own players in.

“They seem to be playing well, I’ve gone to watch them a couple of times this season, and I was impressed with what I’ve seen.

“They pass the ball really well and do things in the right manner and that’s only going to send them high up the league.

“It’s great to see they are still looking to play football because that’s what we tried to do when I was there.

“It’s a massive game for both teams because there are eight or 10 teams fighting away at the top looking for places.

“We could go top if we win but then we could drop a few places if we don’t win.

“We’re only just over halfway now and there’s still plenty of games to play so you have to take one game at a time.

“The real pressure comes in the final 10 games when it’s all decided so you have to get yourself in the right position.”

Thursday’s game is Swindon’s first return to Griffin Park since that ill-fated day in May but McCormack doesn’t expect Town’s play-off heartbreak to play any part in Thursday’s match.

“Every player who played last year won’t have happy memories of the place but that’s going to happen in football, you have bad weeks and months,” he said.

“Players who play for another 10 or 12 years are going to have bad days but you have to build on everything you do well because mistakes happen.

“You need to learn and that’s the great thing about football.

“I’m sure Nathan, Miles and Wes, all of the players who played last year, will not be too bothered by it because it’s been a long time since it all happened.

“We aren’t looking at anything below second place now because Brentford had the play-off final heartbreak last year while I had it myself in the semi-final and that’s not something you want to go through.

Getting beat in the semis is something you can maybe take with a pinch of salt but to lose in the final at Wembley is really hard.

“They remember it in the right way and try to use it to help us achieve everything we want to achieve and our goal is the top two.”

McCormack has settled quickly following his move to Brentford and if enjoying his football in West London despite the recent departure of former boss Uwe Rosler to Wigan.

“I’m really enjoying it because it’s a good place to be and a good club,” he said.

“The set-up is beyond belief at times with the amount of staff who look after you and the way they make sure we have the best facilities and equipment is amazing.

“Sometimes I think we have a Premier League set-up when it comes to facilities, staff, food and training pitches. Everything’s on site too which is great.

“We knew Mark from when he was sporting director and he was always around with the old manager and spoke to the lads in the morning so it’s been easy.

“Nothing really changed from when the old manager left, which is what the chairman wanted, and we still do the same things in training like working a lot on shape so the quality is the same if not better.

“We got a great result at the weekend because Preston is a hard place to go and not many teams will go there and do what we did.

“We score goals at the right times and defended very well so all-round it was a great day for us.”

Just like his two years at Swindon, McCormack has also found himself playing in a wide variety of positions.

“It’s been a bit similar to when I was at Swindon to be honest because I started in the middle of midfield and was enjoying that before I moved to left mid.

“Now I’m at right back and played the last 10 games or so there,” he said.

“I’m really enjoying it because we have a great group of lads who have been playing well and unfortunately Shaleum Logan has missed out and I’ve been asked to step in there and done quite well.

“I’m just trying to keep a place until he’s ready to come back.”

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8:09am Tue 24 Dec 13

jayden says...

Yes same as last season ,going well then the manager walks away . Will you be taken the pens if you get one Alan ?.
Yes same as last season ,going well then the manager walks away . Will you be taken the pens if you get one Alan ?. jayden

8:41am Tue 24 Dec 13

LionelHutz says...

No problem with McCormack, he always gave his best when he was here, won player of the year in our title-winning season and who can forget the winner at Northampton?

Good luck to him, except on Boxing Day.
No problem with McCormack, he always gave his best when he was here, won player of the year in our title-winning season and who can forget the winner at Northampton? Good luck to him, except on Boxing Day. LionelHutz

10:04am Tue 24 Dec 13

stigger says...

Macca always gave 100% was a player I was sad to see leave, and would prob have stayed had we offered the 2 year contract from the off. That said probably wouldn't get in our midfield now but may well have featured a lot at fb/cb! like above wish him the best except boxing day. COYR!
Macca always gave 100% was a player I was sad to see leave, and would prob have stayed had we offered the 2 year contract from the off. That said probably wouldn't get in our midfield now but may well have featured a lot at fb/cb! like above wish him the best except boxing day. COYR! stigger

10:26am Tue 24 Dec 13

The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier says...

There is only one thing that I am sure about here. McCormack will score against us... just like every other ex-Town player does!
There is only one thing that I am sure about here. McCormack will score against us... just like every other ex-Town player does! The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier

11:09am Tue 24 Dec 13

Cleuso says...

Yes he did give all during his time here of course we remember Northampton, but there are more than strong rumours that he signed a pre contract agreement to sign for Brentford before we played them in the P.O. semi finals, so he never really saw the job through...so no need to go over board with the "love in"
Yes he did give all during his time here of course we remember Northampton, but there are more than strong rumours that he signed a pre contract agreement to sign for Brentford before we played them in the P.O. semi finals, so he never really saw the job through...so no need to go over board with the "love in" Cleuso

12:14pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Swindon1984 says...

Cleuso wrote:
Yes he did give all during his time here of course we remember Northampton, but there are more than strong rumours that he signed a pre contract agreement to sign for Brentford before we played them in the P.O. semi finals, so he never really saw the job through...so no need to go over board with the "love in"
Rumours is all they are though by your own admission, so wouldn't criticise others for looknig back fondly on a player who, during his time here, always gave his best. And at the end of the day, what more can you ask of a player? He was willing to play in any position he was told to but not only that, was a standout performer wherever he was. His runs through the middle were fantastic and his confidence in taking players on is what I'll always remember him for.

All about opinions I know but I'd rather base my opinion on what I saw on the pitch, rather than what may or may NOT (we really don't know) have happened off of it.
[quote][p][bold]Cleuso[/bold] wrote: Yes he did give all during his time here of course we remember Northampton, but there are more than strong rumours that he signed a pre contract agreement to sign for Brentford before we played them in the P.O. semi finals, so he never really saw the job through...so no need to go over board with the "love in"[/p][/quote]Rumours is all they are though by your own admission, so wouldn't criticise others for looknig back fondly on a player who, during his time here, always gave his best. And at the end of the day, what more can you ask of a player? He was willing to play in any position he was told to but not only that, was a standout performer wherever he was. His runs through the middle were fantastic and his confidence in taking players on is what I'll always remember him for. All about opinions I know but I'd rather base my opinion on what I saw on the pitch, rather than what may or may NOT (we really don't know) have happened off of it. Swindon1984

2:17pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Cleuso says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
Cleuso wrote:
Yes he did give all during his time here of course we remember Northampton, but there are more than strong rumours that he signed a pre contract agreement to sign for Brentford before we played them in the P.O. semi finals, so he never really saw the job through...so no need to go over board with the "love in"
Rumours is all they are though by your own admission, so wouldn't criticise others for looknig back fondly on a player who, during his time here, always gave his best. And at the end of the day, what more can you ask of a player? He was willing to play in any position he was told to but not only that, was a standout performer wherever he was. His runs through the middle were fantastic and his confidence in taking players on is what I'll always remember him for.

All about opinions I know but I'd rather base my opinion on what I saw on the pitch, rather than what may or may NOT (we really don't know) have happened off of it.
Ever wonder why he never took the penalty then and left it to an inexperienced youngster..... then ended up at the club he was rumoured to have signed for in the first place...and all done very quickly without complications over negotiations and reported on 1st June???.... or discussions over wages even as a highly paid player at Swindon .... I recognised his "positive" on the field stuff, but the "end" was very, very disappointing.

PS Where was I criticising others ? at worst all I said was get a bit of balance and not to go overboard with the love in...Feel hurt by that observation ?
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cleuso[/bold] wrote: Yes he did give all during his time here of course we remember Northampton, but there are more than strong rumours that he signed a pre contract agreement to sign for Brentford before we played them in the P.O. semi finals, so he never really saw the job through...so no need to go over board with the "love in"[/p][/quote]Rumours is all they are though by your own admission, so wouldn't criticise others for looknig back fondly on a player who, during his time here, always gave his best. And at the end of the day, what more can you ask of a player? He was willing to play in any position he was told to but not only that, was a standout performer wherever he was. His runs through the middle were fantastic and his confidence in taking players on is what I'll always remember him for. All about opinions I know but I'd rather base my opinion on what I saw on the pitch, rather than what may or may NOT (we really don't know) have happened off of it.[/p][/quote]Ever wonder why he never took the penalty then and left it to an inexperienced youngster..... then ended up at the club he was rumoured to have signed for in the first place...and all done very quickly without complications over negotiations and reported on 1st June???.... or discussions over wages even as a highly paid player at Swindon .... I recognised his "positive" on the field stuff, but the "end" was very, very disappointing. PS Where was I criticising others ? at worst all I said was get a bit of balance and not to go overboard with the love in...Feel hurt by that observation ? Cleuso

3:21pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Rebel_phish says...

Merry Christmas to everyone.

I emailed Sam yesterday with the details of the Predictions League Boxing Day match. Unfortunately he has not put up a separate page for people to post.

I have put the questions on the last page used ie the Coventry game, so please post your entries there.

Link

http://www.thisisswi
ndontownfc.co.uk/new
s/10884669.PREDICTIO
NS_LEAGUE__Swindon_T
own_v_Coventry_City/
Merry Christmas to everyone. I emailed Sam yesterday with the details of the Predictions League Boxing Day match. Unfortunately he has not put up a separate page for people to post. I have put the questions on the last page used ie the Coventry game, so please post your entries there. Link http://www.thisisswi ndontownfc.co.uk/new s/10884669.PREDICTIO NS_LEAGUE__Swindon_T own_v_Coventry_City/ Rebel_phish

3:33pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Bassett Hound says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
Cleuso wrote:
Yes he did give all during his time here of course we remember Northampton, but there are more than strong rumours that he signed a pre contract agreement to sign for Brentford before we played them in the P.O. semi finals, so he never really saw the job through...so no need to go over board with the "love in"
Rumours is all they are though by your own admission, so wouldn't criticise others for looknig back fondly on a player who, during his time here, always gave his best. And at the end of the day, what more can you ask of a player? He was willing to play in any position he was told to but not only that, was a standout performer wherever he was. His runs through the middle were fantastic and his confidence in taking players on is what I'll always remember him for.

All about opinions I know but I'd rather base my opinion on what I saw on the pitch, rather than what may or may NOT (we really don't know) have happened off of it.
Have you not wondered why a hardened pro like Macca let an 18/19 year old trainee take a very important penalty ? Something was wrong with the whole thing. I trust the source I heard the rumour from and feel badly let down by our then captain.
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cleuso[/bold] wrote: Yes he did give all during his time here of course we remember Northampton, but there are more than strong rumours that he signed a pre contract agreement to sign for Brentford before we played them in the P.O. semi finals, so he never really saw the job through...so no need to go over board with the "love in"[/p][/quote]Rumours is all they are though by your own admission, so wouldn't criticise others for looknig back fondly on a player who, during his time here, always gave his best. And at the end of the day, what more can you ask of a player? He was willing to play in any position he was told to but not only that, was a standout performer wherever he was. His runs through the middle were fantastic and his confidence in taking players on is what I'll always remember him for. All about opinions I know but I'd rather base my opinion on what I saw on the pitch, rather than what may or may NOT (we really don't know) have happened off of it.[/p][/quote]Have you not wondered why a hardened pro like Macca let an 18/19 year old trainee take a very important penalty ? Something was wrong with the whole thing. I trust the source I heard the rumour from and feel badly let down by our then captain. Bassett Hound

5:29pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Old-Stager, Hilperton says...

Bassett Hound.......
I noticed that Brentford selected Alan McCormack to convert a vital penalty in a recent League game because he is of course a good dead ball kicker, which makes the decison for him to refuse to take one in the Play-Off final at Brentford for us very confusing.
It also transpires that the decision to take the penalties in front of the Brentford Fans, rather than the Swindon Fans in the event of a penalty shoot-out, was taken before the game started, by the Match Referee, which again was extremely confusing to me.
I asked Vic Morgan to check out the Penalty shoot-out rules on two separate ocassions on this very website about this unsatisfactory saga but with no success.
I am surprised that other Town Fans were not interested in trying to get to the bottom of this rather suspicious situation.
Bassett Hound....... I noticed that Brentford selected Alan McCormack to convert a vital penalty in a recent League game because he is of course a good dead ball kicker, which makes the decison for him to refuse to take one in the Play-Off final at Brentford for us very confusing. It also transpires that the decision to take the penalties in front of the Brentford Fans, rather than the Swindon Fans in the event of a penalty shoot-out, was taken before the game started, by the Match Referee, which again was extremely confusing to me. I asked Vic Morgan to check out the Penalty shoot-out rules on two separate ocassions on this very website about this unsatisfactory saga but with no success. I am surprised that other Town Fans were not interested in trying to get to the bottom of this rather suspicious situation. Old-Stager, Hilperton

7:00pm Tue 24 Dec 13

jayden says...

Old-Stager, Hilperton wrote:
Bassett Hound.......
I noticed that Brentford selected Alan McCormack to convert a vital penalty in a recent League game because he is of course a good dead ball kicker, which makes the decison for him to refuse to take one in the Play-Off final at Brentford for us very confusing.
It also transpires that the decision to take the penalties in front of the Brentford Fans, rather than the Swindon Fans in the event of a penalty shoot-out, was taken before the game started, by the Match Referee, which again was extremely confusing to me.
I asked Vic Morgan to check out the Penalty shoot-out rules on two separate ocassions on this very website about this unsatisfactory saga but with no success.
I am surprised that other Town Fans were not interested in trying to get to the bottom of this rather suspicious situation.
I can tell you the result , we all ways get **** Ref's LOL . Yes something not quite right with all that.
[quote][p][bold]Old-Stager, Hilperton[/bold] wrote: Bassett Hound....... I noticed that Brentford selected Alan McCormack to convert a vital penalty in a recent League game because he is of course a good dead ball kicker, which makes the decison for him to refuse to take one in the Play-Off final at Brentford for us very confusing. It also transpires that the decision to take the penalties in front of the Brentford Fans, rather than the Swindon Fans in the event of a penalty shoot-out, was taken before the game started, by the Match Referee, which again was extremely confusing to me. I asked Vic Morgan to check out the Penalty shoot-out rules on two separate ocassions on this very website about this unsatisfactory saga but with no success. I am surprised that other Town Fans were not interested in trying to get to the bottom of this rather suspicious situation.[/p][/quote]I can tell you the result , we all ways get **** Ref's LOL . Yes something not quite right with all that. jayden

7:32pm Tue 24 Dec 13

LionelHutz says...

Old-Stager, Hilperton wrote:
Bassett Hound.......
I noticed that Brentford selected Alan McCormack to convert a vital penalty in a recent League game because he is of course a good dead ball kicker, which makes the decison for him to refuse to take one in the Play-Off final at Brentford for us very confusing.
It also transpires that the decision to take the penalties in front of the Brentford Fans, rather than the Swindon Fans in the event of a penalty shoot-out, was taken before the game started, by the Match Referee, which again was extremely confusing to me.
I asked Vic Morgan to check out the Penalty shoot-out rules on two separate ocassions on this very website about this unsatisfactory saga but with no success.
I am surprised that other Town Fans were not interested in trying to get to the bottom of this rather suspicious situation.
We beat Charlton when the penalties were at their end and we lost to Brighton when the penalties were at our end. Clutching at straws, methinks.
[quote][p][bold]Old-Stager, Hilperton[/bold] wrote: Bassett Hound....... I noticed that Brentford selected Alan McCormack to convert a vital penalty in a recent League game because he is of course a good dead ball kicker, which makes the decison for him to refuse to take one in the Play-Off final at Brentford for us very confusing. It also transpires that the decision to take the penalties in front of the Brentford Fans, rather than the Swindon Fans in the event of a penalty shoot-out, was taken before the game started, by the Match Referee, which again was extremely confusing to me. I asked Vic Morgan to check out the Penalty shoot-out rules on two separate ocassions on this very website about this unsatisfactory saga but with no success. I am surprised that other Town Fans were not interested in trying to get to the bottom of this rather suspicious situation.[/p][/quote]We beat Charlton when the penalties were at their end and we lost to Brighton when the penalties were at our end. Clutching at straws, methinks. LionelHutz

10:06am Thu 26 Dec 13

Old-Stager, Hilperton says...

LionelHutz wrote:
Old-Stager, Hilperton wrote:
Bassett Hound.......
I noticed that Brentford selected Alan McCormack to convert a vital penalty in a recent League game because he is of course a good dead ball kicker, which makes the decison for him to refuse to take one in the Play-Off final at Brentford for us very confusing.
It also transpires that the decision to take the penalties in front of the Brentford Fans, rather than the Swindon Fans in the event of a penalty shoot-out, was taken before the game started, by the Match Referee, which again was extremely confusing to me.
I asked Vic Morgan to check out the Penalty shoot-out rules on two separate ocassions on this very website about this unsatisfactory saga but with no success.
I am surprised that other Town Fans were not interested in trying to get to the bottom of this rather suspicious situation.
We beat Charlton when the penalties were at their end and we lost to Brighton when the penalties were at our end. Clutching at straws, methinks.
Read my article again properly, and then make a sensible comment !
[quote][p][bold]LionelHutz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old-Stager, Hilperton[/bold] wrote: Bassett Hound....... I noticed that Brentford selected Alan McCormack to convert a vital penalty in a recent League game because he is of course a good dead ball kicker, which makes the decison for him to refuse to take one in the Play-Off final at Brentford for us very confusing. It also transpires that the decision to take the penalties in front of the Brentford Fans, rather than the Swindon Fans in the event of a penalty shoot-out, was taken before the game started, by the Match Referee, which again was extremely confusing to me. I asked Vic Morgan to check out the Penalty shoot-out rules on two separate ocassions on this very website about this unsatisfactory saga but with no success. I am surprised that other Town Fans were not interested in trying to get to the bottom of this rather suspicious situation.[/p][/quote]We beat Charlton when the penalties were at their end and we lost to Brighton when the penalties were at our end. Clutching at straws, methinks.[/p][/quote]Read my article again properly, and then make a sensible comment ! Old-Stager, Hilperton

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