Between the Lines: McCormack opens up on terrible Luton miss

Luton Town midfielder Alan McCormack said he felt “gutted and angry” after missing a sitter in the dying minutes of the 1-1 draw with Coventry City.

After Elliot Lee saw a free-kick saved, the ball fell to McCormack six yards from goal, but he sent his effort straight at the goalkeeper as his side were forced to settle for a point.

What’s the word?

McCormack’s miss cost his side the opportunity to move seven points clear of second-placed Barnsley at the top of League One.

But he was refreshingly honest when asked about the chance, admitting that he should have done better.

Quoted by Dunstable Today, he said: “I said to myself, ‘they hadn’t got anyone outside the box, so I’m going to go on the end of the wall, spin and then get the rebound off the keeper or any little knockdowns.’

“Then when I’ve spun and checked, the ball is right in front of me and I don’t know, I kind of rushed it a little bit.

“I smashed it, thinking the keeper was going to go the other way, but I should have just placed it in the corner where there was too much space.

“I’m disappointed, gutted and angry and feel not that I’ve cost the team three points, but one little tap-in there, we could walk away with three points.

“That’s the one little disappointing factor we’ve not been at our best but to walk away with three points would have been tremendous.”

Refreshing Honesty

McCormack will surely go up in the estimation of supporters after his honesty here.

Not many players will front up as the midfielder has, but his miss did ultimately cost his side all three points.

And that he has come out and held his hands up is an admirable step.

McCormack has made 18 appearances in total this season, with Luton seemingly poised to win promotion to the Championship.

He has been such a big part of their promotion push that he is unlikely to lose his place in the team. In fact, his stock may have risen higher this weekend, such has been his candour.