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Nathan on adjusting to life at Wimbledon after his penalty magic

Goalkeeper in confident mood after a good week for the club

9 October 2019

Goalkeeper Nathan Trott said he’s enjoyed life at AFC Wimbledon since his loan switch from Premier League club West Ham – and last night’s superb penalty save was a reward for all of his hard work.

On his move to Wimbledon and helping The Dons to push on after two successive wins, Nathan said: “I think it’s good for both parties, for me getting game-time and adjusting to the schedule of club football with no breaks or injuries. For me, it’s just getting used to playing every week and the demands of club football.

“We came into it (last night's game) on the back of a big win at the weekend. We are just trying to concentrate on our ourselves now: keep the performances coming, keep our standards, and keep getting the results. Every away game is tough, but I think with how we are going now we can be a lot more confident than we usually are. Hopefully, we can go and get the result (at Southend on Saturday).

“It’s not just about the win, the clean sheet and just being more solid defensively is something we’ve been working on a lot. If we keep this up, we can keep getting the results. They had a couple of chances to score, and we can get away with it sometimes, but that’s probably the side of the game we need to focus on more – avoiding those lapses in concentration. We just need to stay focused for 90 minutes.”

There was certainly no fluke about his penalty save last night as it’s an aspect of shot-stopping that he works on all the time with our goalkeeper coach Bayzo.

“It’s something me and the staff work on a lot. Me and Bayzo go through penalties all the time before games. You just have to be prepared for them because you never know when they can come in a game. I looked over to Bayzo on the side, he just reminded me where he (Orient player) was going, so I just had to play mind games and kind of force him the way the penalty taker likes to go.”

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