Trott’s efforts in vain for West Ham
Nathan Trott saved a penalty and produced a string of superb saves but was unable to prevent West Ham United's development team from their first defeat of the Premier League 2 campaign away to Swansea at Liberty Stadium yesterday.
West Ham's two-game unbeaten run came to a halt after losing 2-0 against their Welsh hosts, who scored twice in the second half through Owain Jones and Botti Bia Bi.
The visiting side enjoyed large swaths of possession and carved out several opportunities, but were unable to break Swansea down.
Making his third straight start in the absence of injured team-mate Sam Howes, the England Under-19 goalkeeper, Trott provided another example of the potential he possesses.
The former BAA goalkeeper sprang into action in the 40th minute, blocking Marvin Emnes's initial attempt before gathering the ball at the second as both teams went into the dressing room at the half goalless.
Trott made a fine double save in the 53rd minute, denying Jones from point-blank range before diving on a second Swansea crack at goal.
The hosts made the breakthrough four-minutes later when Jones thumped Tyler Reid's cross into the roof of the net past Trott from close range.
Swansea threatened to increase their lead in the 63rd minute when Emnes gained possession inside the penalty area. However, Trott was equal to the task, denying the Dutchman with his legs to keep the visitors in the hunt.
Trott denied the hosts a golden opportunity to seal the points in the 86th minute when he saved Emnes's poorly taken penalty kick. Swansea went close again in the 88th minute when Dan James smashed an effort against the post.
Botti Bia Bi finally made the game safe when he doubled Swansea's advantage a minute later after going clear and slipping the ball under Trott.
Trott, who signed an initial two-year deal with West Ham in January, is making the most of his opportunity and is determined to keep his starting role in Terry Westley's squad.
“I'm really confident at the moment and I want to remain the No 1 goalkeeper for the Premier League 2 side now this season,” Trott said. “That's one of the things I'm pushing for and want to achieve.
“If we keep winning games, that will help me, but ultimately it's about the team putting points on the board. That's what keeps me happy.”