Midfielder glad to hit the goal trail
Grecians midfielder Liam Sercombe was pleased to open his goalscoring account for 2013/14 by netting a brace in City’s 4-0 away win at Scunthorpe United.
The Exeter-born man was the first to get his name on the scoresheet at Glanford Park, as he applied the finishing touch to a fine City move by using one touch to get the ball out of his feet, and another to pop the ball into the bottom corner from outside the area.
His second was City’s third, and came just a minute after Arron Davies had unleashed a wonder-strike from an unthinkable position to double City’s lead. Sercombe began the move by feeding Alan Gow on the right, and made a perfect connection to stroke the ball firmly into the net when the Scotsman picked him out.
He was also hopeful of seeing his name on the scoresheet a few more times in the coming weeks and adding to City's goal tally.
“The first goal was a nice move,” said Sercombe. “Flynny laid off a nice ball for me, and I ran from deep, took a nice first-touch and found the bottom corner. And my second was a nice finish, from my point of view. Gowser laid the ball back, and I just placed it in the bottom corner.
“They were two good goals for me – I just needed to get off the mark, and now that’s done, hopefully I can get a few more.
“In training, I feel like I put a few chances away so I’ve got to keep doing it in games and getting into those positions. You have to make the right runs too, so I’ve got to keep doing that and I’m confident I can get a lot more goals for the team.”
Despite the personal satisfaction of finding the net, Liam said that he was more pleased by the fact that City got the win collectively and earned another three points, putting them level with Rochdale and Chesterfield in the automatic promotion spots.
“I wasn’t too bothered who scored the goals,” he continued. “We just wanted to bounce back from last week, and what better way than what we did today?
“To win four-nil away at Scunthorpe, who are doing well, and for us to get the three points after last week was what we needed. We did really well today.
“Everyone was disappointed after last week, and we were all motivated for this game. Training this week was quality – it was high-tempo, it was hard and that’s exactly what we needed. We got the win and it paid off.”
City had to deal with everything that the Iron threw at them throughout the game, and in particular after the interval when wave after wave of Scunthorpe attack needed fending off.
And so Sercombe was pleased that his team showed the resolve to keep the opposition attack at bay for the 90 minutes, and thanked the 118 travelling fans for their noisy contribution.
“They had a lot of corners and crosses in quick succession in the second half, so the way we defended and managed to keep a clean sheet was massive for us,” said the City midfielder. “We defended every attack as well as we could – we need to carry on and keep cleaning clean sheets.
“They put a lot of pressure on us – for the majority of the second half really. That just goes to show how well we defended, because we were getting in the way of everything and making blocks. We need to carry that on now, because last week wasn’t good enough and we all know that.
“The fans that travelled with us here were cheering us from start to finish – it was great for them too, and we thank them for that, and that’s what we want to give them.”