The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By John Lyons

MIDFIELDER Alan McCor­mack has panned Brent­ford’s Cap­i­tal One Cup exit at the hands of Ox­ford United as ‘un­ac­cept­able’.

The Bees were 3-0 down af­ter just 12 min­utes against the inspired League Two U’s and even­tu­ally crashed out 4-0 at the first hur­dle.

The ex­pe­ri­enced McCor­mack, who came on early in the sec­ond half, pulled no punches in his as­sess­ment.

“It was a changed team, but it shouldn’t have been a changed at­ti­tude,” said the 31-year-old Dubliner. “I felt there was a lit­tle bit of ‘we’re a Cham­pi­onship team’ and we’ll beat them. That was the im­pres­sion from the very first mo­ments.

“It was cer­tainly an un­ac­cept­able per­for­mance from ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing my­self. Ev­ery­one’s got to take the blame.We can’t ac­cept those per­for­mances, not in a club that’s try­ing to get pro­moted to the Premier League.

“You have got to be at your best in ev­ery game and give your all ev­ery sin­gle minute. Hope­fully the boys will look back and learn. They are young lads with ex­cep­tional tal­ent, but they need to have grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion about them. Maybe that will come with age and ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Goal­keeper Jack Bon­ham had a rough night, but McCor­mack has backed the 21-year-old to come good.

“He’s very dis­ap­pointed,” he said. “A few of us have sat down be­side him and tried to get his head up, he feels like he’s cost us the game.

“He made a cou­ple of mis­takes and it stands out more in his po­si­tion but he’ll go on to have a great ca­reer if he con­tin­ues de­vel­op­ing the way he is. His tal­ent in train­ing is fright­en­ing and now he needs game time.”

To add to Brent­ford’s mis­ery, Dan­ish in­ter­na­tional de­fender An­dreas Bjel­land in­jured his knee against the U’s and is likely to miss the rest of the sea­son.

Tues­day’s home match against Birm­ing­ham has been re­ar­ranged for Septem­ber 29 due to prob­lems with the Grif­fin Park pitch.

FUM­ING: Alan McCor­mack

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