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Nathan aims to build on debut after putting setback behind him

On-loan keeper makes a fine start at Wimbledon

19 August 2019

Nathan Trott said that support from our fans provided a big lift on his debut after he put a frustrating start to life at AFC Wimbledon behind him.

The on-loan West Ham keeper recovered from a groin injury to make an impressive first appearance for Wimbledon against Accrington Stanley, and he was pleased to get up and running in a Dons shirt.

“The atmosphere in training really helps you for match days,” said Nathan. “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. 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.

“I went through a frustrating time of being out for a couple of weeks. I’d had a good pre-season, but then I picked up an unfortunate groin injury. To get through that and make my debut at home, to at least get a point, was good. 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.

“The games are coming up every two or three days now, so I’m looking forward to playing against big teams like Ipswich and Sunderland. It’s a dream of mine to play professional football, so I’m looking forward to these games.”

Though it meant a lot to Nathan to make his debut, he was disappointed that Wimbledon couldn’t take all three points in the circumstances.

“We started off very well,” added Nathan. “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 10 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.”

Take a look below at Rob Cornell's full interview with Nathan.


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