Monday 18 Oct
Updated Monday 18 Oct 12:30

Loan Watch: Nathan Trott enjoys first win at AS Nancy

Nathan Trott

Three West Ham United loanees featured for their respective clubs over the weekend, with goalkeeper Nathan Trott enjoying his first victory in Ligue 2 with AS Nancy.

The England U21 international has seen his side struggle in recent months, but despite being reduced to ten men for the fourth time already this season, made a couple of sensational saves in a dramatic 2-1 home victory over Guingamp late on.

Nancy were on the backfoot in the early stages and required a fine reflex save from the unsighted Trott in the opening stages, tipping Maxime Barthelme’s curling strike round the far post.

From the resulting corner, however, Louis Carnot was left unmarked and poked home from close range to give Guingamp a 17th-minute lead.

Yannick Gomis then headed against the bar for the visitors – albeit with Trott seemingly otherwise having the effort covered – as Nancy went into the break in a losing position once more.

Sitting bottom of Ligue 2 with five draws and six defeats in their 11 opening games, Trott’s team had it all to play for in the second half, and came out reinvigorated, Vinni Triboulet scoring an impressive looping header after a clever scooped pass by Edmond Akichi.

And despite defender Giovanni Haag being shown a straight red card with 15 minutes left to play for a reckless sliding tackle, Nancy secured the three points when second-half substitutes Elliot Simoes hit the post and Andrew Jung tucked in the rebound in the 87th minute.

As the visitors poured forwards in injury time, Trott then rescued the win for Nancy, producing an enormous save when a set-piece reached Matthias Phaeton at the back post. His volleyed finish was not bad – but Trott’s reflex reaction, to tip it over the bar, was immaculate.

The three points are not enough to help AS Nancy off the foot of the table, but they do close the gap on Dunkerque – in 17th place, above the relegation spots – to just four points.

In League One, Trott’s fellow Nathan, Holland, continued his recent run of starts for Oxford United in their 3-1 defeat at home to Plymouth Argyle.

The U’s first home loss of the season did not appear to be on the cards when Matty Taylor ran in behind to give them the lead after five minutes, but top-of-the-table Argyle hit back within six minutes through Jordon Garrick’s fine solo effort.

Plymouth added further goals through a Panutche Camara brace, but Holland remained on the field for the full 90 minutes and appears to be back at full fitness after an injury-troubled season last year. The U’s sit ninth in the League One table.

And in League Two, goalkeeper Joseph Anang and Stevenage FC were on the wrong end of a 3-0 defeat at Boundary Park against Oldham Athletic.

A poor start for Alex Revell’s Boro – who conceded twice inside the opening quarter-of-an-hour – paved the way for a challenging afternoon for Anang’s team.

Stevenage sit 20th in the table, with just one win in their last ten league games. A trip to play-off chasing Northampton Town awaits tomorrow night.
Conor Coventry was the only other on-loan Hammer to feature in a match-day squad over the weekend, being an unused substitute for Peterborough United in their 2-0 defeat by Middlesbrough at Riverside Stadium.

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