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McCormack hailed as Cardiff hero

Ross McCormack
McCormack scored his 23rd goal of the season against Burnley

Kevin McNaughton paid tribute to fellow Scot Ross McCormack's goal-scoring efforts in firing Cardiff towards an automatic promotion spot.

The Scotland striker scored two vital goals to help Cardiff to an important 3-1 win home win over Burnley.

The goals, his 22nd and 23rd of the season, followed up two strikes at Crystal Palace at the weekend.

"He's absolutely amazing. He's been absolutely flying since he has come back from Scotland," said McNaughton.

"And to be fair he is a different class.

"I think we will need more goals off him towards the end of the season as well."

At 1-1 with only minutes left McNaughton said he would have settled for McCormack, who scored in Scotland's 2-1 win over Iceland earlier in the month, taking the ball to the corner to run down the clock but instead he went for goal.

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"That's his confidence at the moment. He's gone on, got the goal that's wrapped up the game. He did exactly the same at the weekend (against Crystal Palace.

"So hats off to him. Let's hope he keeps on the way he is going."

Cardiff City manager Dave Jones also hailed McCormack's goal-scoring feats.

"The kid is on fire. He's had a fantastic Easter," he said.

"The two goals he scored (against Burnley) were of pure quality."

The win virtually guarantees the Bluebirds a play-off place but they are eyeing an automatic promotion spot with four games remaining against Preston (away), Charlton (away), Ipswich (home) and Sheffield Wednesday (away).

Cardiff are currently fourth in the Championship. They are four points behind Birmingham in second with a game in hand.

Meanwhile, Cardiff City are to have goalkeeper Stuart Taylor, on-loan from Aston Villa, available to them for the rest of the season. Taylor was brought in to cover for Peter Enckelman and Tom Heaton who were both injured.



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