Goalkeeper Nathan Trott Was ‘Best Performer’

November 26, 2017

While his team was defeated by Arsenal, Nathan Trott was lauded as the “best performer,” with the Bermudian goalkeeper having 14 plus shots to deal with, making a number of top saves, including a first-half penalty.

West Ham’s website said that Academy director Terry Westley conceded Arsenal’s quality was the difference as the West Ham United U23s fell to a 3-0 defeat in Boreham Wood.

Two first half finishes from Vlad Dragomir were followed up by a late Eddie Nketiah strike to hand the Hammers the loss on Friday evening.

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West Ham looked to battle back in the second period but struggled to find a way through a strong Arsenal team, and Westley admitted that his young U23s side were beaten by the better side on the night.

Westley pointed to the number of regular U23s players that his team lined up without, and also highlighted Nathan Trott’s performance.

The Bermudian goalkeeper made a number of top saves, including one from a first-half penalty, in Friday’s match to stop Arsenal from netting more than the three goals they found.

Westley continued: “It was a different type of game and what you do see is people’s character and the ones who can stand up to it when it goes against you.

“On that note, I would probably say our best performer was our goalkeeper, Nathan Trott. He’s had 14 plus shots to deal with tonight and he’s pulled off some very good saves, including the penalty.”

Nathan Trott believes a poor opening period cost West Ham United U23s after the side fell to a 3-0 defeat.

“I think we were off the mark a bit today,” the goalkeeper told whufc.com. “We gave them a bit too much space and I think a team of that quality can get you. We lost 3-0 today and, for games like this against top teams, we have to be a bit more disciplined.

The 19-year-old saved a first-half penalty and insists he will always try to help the team in any way he can.

Trott said, “I expect these games to be busy so I was just doing my job and trying to help the team as much as possible.

“The thing about penalties is, if you’re going to choose one way, you have to make sure you give it 100 per cent. Don’t second guess yourself. Pick one way and go for it – it worked out for me.”

Trott is eager for the team to show more aggression and strength in Tuesday’s match, with top spot in the group up for grabs.

“Wycombe will be a big game. It will be a physical game like the others. We have to be prepared for that. We have to be a bit more aggressive. It’s good we’ve qualified. We want to keep that form going with another good game.”

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