Monday 01 Nov
Updated Monday 01 Nov 10:00

Loan Watch: Clean sheet for Nathan Trott, win for Nathan Holland

Nathan Trott

West Ham United’s two Nathans, Trott and Holland, both enjoyed positive results on Saturday for their respective clubs.

In goal for AS Nancy in France’s Ligue 2, England U20 international Trott picked up his second clean sheet of the season in a 0-0 stalemate with title-chasing Sochaux.

Having picked up just one win from their 13 opening games of the season, sitting bottom of the table, Trott’s team were considered significant underdogs for the visit of the second-placed Lions Clubs to Stade Marcel Picot.

But despite Sochaux dominating possession, enjoying 65 per cent of the ball, they mustered only two shots on target for Trott to deal with over the course of the 90 minutes. 

Nancy held firm to claim just a ninth point from 14 fixtures, and while not enough to see them off the foot of the table, it is the fourth time in their last five games they have avoided defeat, with flickers of a revival beginning to show.

Elsewhere in loanee action, Holland started as Oxford United made it four wins on the bounce in all competitions with a 3-1 victory over Morecambe FC.

The 23-year-old winger was largely restricted to appearances from the bench during his first two months back on loan at Kassam Stadium, but has now started five of the U’s last six League One matches.

On this occasion, although he was unable to add a goal or assist, Holland sparkled in the first half with some menacing wing play on the left flank, going close twice and seeing his team go ahead in the first half through Steve Seddon’s header.

Oxford then missed the chance to double their lead from the penalty spot before Cole Stockton equalised 20 minutes into the second half for Morecambe.

Holland would depart an end-to-end game on 69 minutes, with Oxford going on to secure three points through late strikes from Mark Sykes and Matt Taylor.

That win sees Oxford remain in the play-off spots – in sixth place – in the League One table, with an FA Cup first-round tie at home to Bristol Rovers up next Sunday. 

In the Championship, Conor Coventry was an unused substitute for Peterborough United as they succumbed to a 3-0 defeat away at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium.

In League One, defender Frederik Alves did not make it off the bench during Sunderland’s 5-1 loss at Rotherham, nor – in League Two – did goalkeeper Joseph Anang for Stevenage, who lost 5-0 at Newport County.