Trott boosted by support during debut
Nathan Trott says the “massive support” he received from the fans gave him a “big boost” on his Football League debut for AFC Wimbledon.
The West Ham United goalkeeper joined the Sky Bet League One side on a season-long loan this summer and made his debut in a 1-1 draw at home to Accrington Stanley on August 17.
“To get through that and make my debut at home, to at least get a point, was good,” Trott said. “It was good to make a couple of saves in front of the home fans. The support is very much needed and it was nice to have them on my side.
“I’m loving it here. As soon as I came onto the pitch I got massive support from the fans and it was a big boost for me. That helped me to perform.”
Luke O’Neill opened the scoring for Wimbledon in the 42nd minute, but Colby Bishop drew level for the visiting side midway through the second half.
“We started off very well,” Trott added. “We applied quite a lot of pressure and maybe if we had got a second goal we could have finished the game. I think there were a lot of positives to take from it.
“It should have been three points. When the other team goes down to ten men it’s up to us to put the game away and see them off. We had a man spare and we should have done a lot better. We are definitely capable of doing much better than that.
“I think we switched off for maybe a couple of minutes and at this level of football once you do that the ball can be in the back of your net. That’s what happened. Maybe next time we have to do the other side of the game: be a bit more tactical, frustrate the other team, and see out the result.”
Trott made his second appearance for Wimbledon in a 2-1 league defeat away to Ipswich Town on Tuesday night.
The 20-year-old Bermudian initially signed a 2½-year deal with West Ham in January 2016, which has since been extended twice until 2022.
He made 12 appearances during a injury-hampered season for West Ham, ten in Premier League 2 and twice in the Checkatrade Trophy, as well being named in the East London club’s senior squad on three occasions.
Trott joined Wimbledon on loan in June and impressed the coaching staff during the preseason.
However, he missed the start of the season after picking up a groin injury.
“I went through a frustrating time of being out for a couple of weeks,” Trott said. “I’d had a good preseason, but then I picked up an unfortunate groin injury.”
As well as the support of the fans, Trott says Ashley Bayes, the club’s goalkeeper coach, and his team-mates have also been a source of inspiration.
“The atmosphere in training really helps you for match days,” he added.
“With Bayzo and the other keepers they make you feel good all of the time, even when you are not at your best.
“They encourage you, no matter what you are going through. That gets you going.”
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