Tis: “Liam looks like he means business”

City boss reserves praise for midfielder on his return

Following Exeter City’s friendly fixture against Swansea City at St James Park on Sunday, midfielder Liam Sercombe was named as the ‘man of the match’ by match sponsors the Express & Echo, after a rambunctious display against Premier League opposition.

Grecians manager Paul Tisdale agreed that it was an apt choice, and that Sercombe has impressed him since returning from injury.

The Exeter-born man hasn’t featured in a competitive game in 2013, after breaking an ankle against Barnet during the festive period.

But on his return to action, Sercombe has impressed in the centre of the Park and Tisdale reserved special praise for the 23-year-old.

“It was a good decision [to award Sercombe the ‘man of the match’ award],” said Tis.  “He looked very snappy.

“He has belief in his own game.  He doesn’t think twice, he just does what he does.  You’re seeing a player now getting back to his form – he’s not had that for a good year or two with his injuries.  

“That’s the first time I’ve seen him so snappy to the loose ball, snappy into the tackle, and more importantly, he’s snappy when he receives it.

“He looks like he means business.  Even when he plays a four or five yard pass, he means business.  So it’s nice to see him back.”