Trott hopeful for Chelsea win after Manchester United statement

Nathan Trott


Nathan Trott is desperate for his West Ham United U23 side to follow up last weekend’s win over Manchester United with another when they travel to Chelsea on Sunday.

The goalkeeper believes his team put down at statement with their 4-2 victory over the Red Devils last Sunday, courtesy of Toni Martinez’s hat-trick and Joe Powell’s first of the season.

The Blues have recorded just one win so far in the league this campaign in comparison to West Ham’s four and Trott thinks with the confidence high, the Hammers are well set to continue their good form.

He said: “Manchester United are obviously a really big club who have produced excellent players in the past, so I think that it was a big statement by us to win that game 4-2.

“I think it now tells us how good we are as a team and that the players we produce are up there with the best.

“Everyone is in good spirits now. It was a big win and hopefully we can use this as momentum and keep winning games from here on, starting with our match against Chelsea.”

Terry Westley’s men will travel to Aldershot Town’s Recreation Ground to face the Blues, whose one and only Division 1 win so far came against Derby County back in mid-August.

With England U20 international Trott now the Club’s third choice stopper behind Joe Hart and Adrian, much of his time in training and on matchdays is spent with the first team.

It was a big statement by us to win that game 4-2 [against Manchester United]. Everyone is in good spirits now and hopefully we can use this as momentum

Nathan Trott

Nathan Trott
The youngster insisted, though, he remains as focused as ever when it comes to U23 games.

“I try not to think too much before games,” he continued. “I have the same routine before every game, so I block things out and just stay focused.

“Being in and around the first team has given me a different picture. Being with them on so many matchdays this season has been a great experience so far and it gives me a chance to see all the lads preparing and see how they do that.

“For me, I look at the keepers Joe and Adrian, how they train beforehand and how focused they are and I try to take on as much as I can.

“They have both helped me a lot. They are very different keepers so I can take different things from both of them, which is good. Both have the same mentality, staying tough and blocking out any distractions.

“It’s good having that blend between them, and they are both experienced guys and experienced in the Premier League.

“If I can take that into my own games, it will only help me improve.”

The Hammers currently sit in fourth place in Premier League 2 Division 1 in their first campaign since promotion last May.

Should other results go their way on Saturday, Westley’s men could move up to third with maximum points against Chelsea. Supporters can follow, from 11am, live blog coverage of the clash on Sunday.