Nathan Trott’s West Ham United Academy Director Terry Westley said fine margins were the difference between victory and defeat in West Ham United’s 1-0 Premier League 2 Division 1 loss to Chelsea.
West Ham United created enough chances to defeat their opponents at Chigwell Construction Stadium, only for a combination of profligate finishing, fine goalkeeping from Chelsea goalkeeper Marcin Bulka and an error from home stopper Trott to see them end an exciting 90 minutes on the losing side.
“You don’t always get what you deserve and this was definitely one of those occasions,” he said. “We had a 60/40 advantage in possession and many more penalty area entries and shots than Chelsea, but you’ve got to make one of those opportunities count and we didn’t quite do that.
“I thought, in Marcus Browne, we had the best player on the pitch, which is always important when you’re playing against a top team like Chelsea, because you want to compare players.
“We were a younger team than them, with Ben Johnson, Domingos Quina and Conor Coventry all still Under-18 players, so we acquitted ourselves well, but I’m a little bit disappointed we didn’t get a point or all three, because I thought we were the better side.”
One player who caught the eye was England Under 20 goalkeeper Trott, who made a succession of fine saves, only for Chelsea’s winner to come from his miss-hit goal kick. Westley backed the youngster to bounce back.
“Nathan made some unbelievable saves, but unfortunately it just shows you what that job is like. If you make an error, which he did, it cost us a goal and ultimately cost us the match.
“Overall, he’d be thinking ‘I made some unbelievable saves’ but that’s the learning curve and if you go to the next level, to first-team level, those are the sort of mistakes you need to be cutting out.”