James Hamon: Paul Tisdale praises Exeter City goalkeeper

James Hamon
James Hamon has been Exeter City's first-choice goalkeeper since 22 November

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale has praised goalkeeper James Hamon after he kept his first clean sheet.

The 19-year-old from Guernsey made his fifth start in having been preferred to England Under-20 keeper Christy Pym.

"He's developed into a very good goalkeeper," Tisdale told BBC Devon.

"For a young chap he's got a real good mentality and got such good composure on the ball and to play in our team you need real composure on the ball."

Another of Exeter's talented youngsters, Matt Grimes, scored his first goal from open play in the game as Tisdale confirmed there was interest from clubs hoping to sign Exeter's other England U20 player next month.

"There's interest, but is that a surprise? He needs to keep playing like he is," Tisdale said of Grimes, who was by director of football Steve Perryman last week.

"He's a top-class player and his future lies at the very top I'm sure.

"At the moment we're just very pleased he's linking with some really good players at Exeter and he is helping them and they're helping him.

"We've got another few games until January so a lot can happen in two or three weeks."