Matchwinner Sercombe turns attention to Swindon
Liam Sercombe was typically modest as his dramatic late goal earned United a 1-0 win over Rochdale on Saturday. Sercombe thumped home a Marvin Johnson cross after a good run from Ryan Taylor had taken defenders away and left space for the midfielder to win the game.
“Marvin came here to create things and that’s what he did” Sercombe told Yellow Player HD after the game. “Tays made a good run forward and if he didn’t make that run then I wouldn’t have got that tap in so it’s an assist for Ryan Taylor and credit to him because he always does that. He’s happy creating goals and he’s very good at that. It’s always nice to score right at the end knowing there are not many minutes to play and you are close to getting the three points. It happened today and we got an important win.”
United’s winner capped an improved second half that saw Sercombe in a more advanced role as Michael Appleton shuffled things around to chase the three points.
“Everyone could see it wasn’t the best of games” Sercombe said. “We were poor in the first half and we all knew that in the changing room at half time and knew we had to be better. We had to change our game a little bit and change our shape but we kept going and we got our rewards for that.
“The Gaffer has brought in players to enable us to make changes to the shape, players like Ryan Ledson and Tyler Roberts have got to come back into the group as well. We have a strong squad and I’m sure the Gaffer will change things sometimes. There will be games where we are going to have to adjust things like today and it’s good for him to have that flexibility available to him.”
It was the perfect way to set up Saturday’s home game as they welcome local rivals Swindon Town for a much anticipated derby.
“The players are very aware of it, definitely” Sercome said. “It’s always good playing in big derby games and we know it’s massive for everyone to do with the club, especially the fans. It would be great to win for our fans; they support us each week, home and away, and our aim is to get them the three points next week.”
See the full interview, extended highlights plus the thoughts of Michael Appleton in Yellow Player HD