Ross McCormack has hit back at A-League critics and reiterated his desire to extend his loan spell at Melbourne City. McCormack, 31, has scored 13 times in just 15 appearances since joining Melbourne on an injury replacement loan deal from Aston Villa in September. And the striker reckons his current side – as well as some of their opponents – could compete with the likes of Villa in the Championship.
He told reporters Down Under: Back home people turn their nose up at it a little bit . They say, You score for fun over there, it s not a great standard , but – all of the teams we ve played against – we haven t had an easy game.
There s certainly teams in this league that could hold their own in the Championship, I believe.
McCormack s loan spell has been highly successful but there were fears it might have to be cut short due to injury in December. The striker – who arrived at Villa Park from Fulham in a 12million deal in August 2016 – suffered a knee injury in City s defeat to A-League leaders Sydney. He was told by club medics that his injury was serious but he played just eight days later.
I thought I was going to be out for a long period of time . It didn t look good after the game.
All the tests that the physios and doctors were doing were saying that my cruciate ligament had gone.
I m obviously not in a good position at Aston Villa as well .
Luckily I ve got two and a half years left on my contract there so the security is there but, in terms of the football side of it, if I was out for a year you don t know what s going to happen.
McCormack has been red hot throughout the entirety of his time in Australia but he s been particularly prolific in the last few weeks . Six goals in his last four games has seen City officials step up negotiations with Villa in an attempt to extend his deal until the end of the campaign. And McCormack is happy to do just that with no reprieve on offer at Villa Park following his infamous falling out with Steve Bruce.
The chance is there for me to finish the season . If Melbourne can agree a deal with Aston Villa then yes, definitely . We can definitely vie for a trophy .
I don t see why we can t go and win the Grand Final.
Scotland Yard reveals huge New Year security operation amid warning for revellers to be ‘vigilant’ after ‘tragic …
Armed police will patrol the capital’s streets as part of a huge operation to protect revellers bringing in the New Year across London. Scotland Yard have urged Londoners to be “vigilant” as they take to the streets to ring in 2018 following a “tragic” year for the capital.
The Met 1said it will be using vehicle barriers and has developed and reviewed a new policing plan after several terror attacks in 2017. This comes after a number of incidents in the capital this year in Westminster, London Bridge and Finsbury Park.
Concrete barriers will be put in place to block traffic from crowds as hundreds of thousands are expected to gather and celebrate the New Year in central London.
Heightened security in London on New Year’s Eve
A Met spokesman said: “The policing plan has been developed and reviewed following the tragic incidents that have occurred through the year.
Whilst there is no specific threat to this event, we ask people to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to an officer or event staff. There will be check and search points throughout central London as part of the force s planned operation for Sunday evening.
The Met said it will continue to work alongside Transport for London (TfL), British Transport Police (BTP) and Westminster Council to coordinate the fireworks event on the Thames. As the main display is now sold out, officers are advising that those who do not have tickets to not attempt to enter the area.
Ahead of the event, road closures will begin at 2pm on Sunday across the centre of the capital.
Aftermath of London Bridge and Borough Market terrorist attack
Superintendent Nick Aldworth, the Met’s spokesperson for NYE, said: “We will have the right response of officers at the right locations; this will be a mix of overt and covert officers deployed, as well as dogs, and the use of CCTV and automatic number plate recognition.
“People can expect to see armed officers in the area, and we will be using vehicle barriers across the event area.
“Security is paramount for us, and so we ask for patience and co-operation when getting through the check and search points.
“We would also ask people coming to plan their journey, wrap up warm and pre-arrange a meeting point should they become separated from each other.
A strike affecting Southern train services has increased security fears around next month s FA Cup1 tie between Crystal Palace2 and Brighton3. Rail workers are set to stage a 24 ‘hour walkout on January 8, causing major disruption to fans travelling to the Amex Stadium as train journeys from London to Falmer station could be reduced or even cancelled. Disorder last month overshadowed the first Premier League meeting between the clubs and a strike would complicate the policing of the third-round tie, which kicks off at 7.45pm . Talks are now due between Sussex Police, both clubs and the rail company.
Palace are unhappy the match has been moved to a Monday night because they fear an evening kick ‘off raises security issues.
And the strike by the RMT union would cause travel chaos to about 2,000 travelling Palace fans. Ahead of previous RMT strikes Southern Rail said it planned to run 90 per cent of its normal service but this morning it could not guarantee trains will run . One alternative would be for the train company to put on a special service to the station for the game. Sussex Police today said: We are aware of the strike and that will be taken into account in our overall planning for policing the match.
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The police were already on red alert after the chaos during the 0-0 draw at the Amex Stadium last month when six arrests were made. Palace fans without tickets stormed a turnstile and two stewards were taken to hospital . The disorder resulted in hundreds of Palace supporters being denied entry to the ground.
Sizeable groups of Palace supporters arrived late after being held at Falmer station by police before the game . Brighton accused a minority of Palace supporters of being intent on causing disorder and Sussex Police described the trouble as a return to the dark days of football .
The proposed industrial action is part of a long-running dispute over the role of guards . Southern said in a statement: We ask them the RMT to call off the strike and come to the negotiating table as we have suggested on many occasions.
There was criticism of the policing around the fixture between the clubs last month.
Chief Inspector Simon Nelson said a number of Palace fans had knives and knuckledusters at the Amex Stadium but Sussex Police later admitted that statement was wrong.