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Nydam: No Time for Nerves
Monday, 2nd Oct 2017 06:00

Midfielder Tristan Nydam says discovering that he would be playing in Saturday’s game against Bristol City just before kick-off did him a favour as there was no time for pre-match nerves to set in. Nydam was a late addition to the Town side, which went on to lose 3-1 to the Robins, after Tom Adeyemi suffered a hamstring injury in the warm-up.

“I only found out I was starting when TC handed me a bib during the warm-up and said I was playing as Tom was injured,” the 17-year-old said.

“I get very nervous before games so in a way it was good that I didn’t have time to think about it.

“Anyway, I have my faith and I knew the Lord would help me. Being nervous is no bad thing though. I think it can actually make me play better.”

Despite the defeat Nydam was pleased with his performance: “I enjoyed it. Bristol City are a very good team so it was a great test.

"It was hard but Skusey talked me through the whole game and I felt I did well. Winning man of the match was a nice boost too.”

Reflecting further on his faith, he added: “My faith is very important to me. It is very much a personal thing. Something I share with my family.

“It has got me through a lot of difficult times and it is a big part of my footballing career too.”

Nydam, who was born in Zimbabwe but brought up in Colchester, says Town, eighth on 18 points having played 10 games one fewer than most other Championship sides, need to be more consistent once they return to action following the international break.

”We have been a bit inconsistent, we get great results, then this,” he said. "We weren’t at our best against Bristol City but they are a very good side.”

Nydam is now off away with the England U19s for friendlies in the Czech Republic and Slovakia having made his debut in the 7-1 thrashing of Poland at the start of last month, adding to the single cap he won at U18s level last season.

“I’m away with England now,” he continued. “We are doing well. Although I’m one of the younger players I have played a couple of times [at domestic first-team level] so I can talk to some of the less experienced players, although I’m not Skusey.

“It’s good experience being with England, not just an honour but I have learned a lot being with players from so many different clubs.

“It has been quite a weekend with me starting and now going off with England but it has been brilliant.”

Bristol City’s first goalscorer Josh Brownhill was delighted that his side went through September unbeaten having recorded four Championship wins and two draws in addition to a 2-0 Carabao Cup defeat of Premier League Stoke City. Saturday's win took them up to fourth in the table.

“It has been a good month for us,” he said. “We may have surprised a few people but probably not ourselves.

“We know we have a good squad of players. The manager has brought in more good players, we mix very well and we get on.”

One reason for that September success was summer signing Famara Diedhiou’s five goals in this last six matches - one of those in the Carabao Cup - during the month, including the Robins' second on Saturday.

“Farama has been excellent,” Brownhill said. “His English is improving all the time and he is very much part of this dressing room. He is excellent up front and is weighing in with goals.

“It is the same with Bobby [Reid, who netted the third], he can’t stop scoring. He has adapted really well. It has been important though that we get goals from everywhere.

“We are all contributing and that has helped. We are also strong defensively, throughout the team, not just the back four, who have been excellent by the way.

“I thought our centre-halves were very good again today. It was a shame to concede a goal after keeping three clean sheets but it was well taken and in the end didn’t matter too much.”

He added: “Teams may think they will find us out but as long as we continue to do what what we are doing - working hard, being honest, we have such a good squad of players here - I’m sure we can carry on doing well.”

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TonyHumesIpswich added 07:11 - Oct 2
I wasn't at the game so cannot pass judgement. How do others feel about his performance in the last game?

Swn98 added 07:42 - Oct 2
Well done Tristan you are the future of our club and seem a very level headed young man.
Was one of the only players that played the ball forward out of mid field.
Good luck on your England travels.

Mark added 07:44 - Oct 2
I thought Nydam showed a huge amount of promise. Very mobile, involved throughout the game without disappearing, got involves in tackles and passed the ball. Tristan lacks the experience, height and strength of Adeyemi who he replaced, but he is only 17 and the game will have been good experience for him. We know we are not going to get promoted this season, but seeing young players involved does give us hope for the future.

blue75 added 08:21 - Oct 2
I thought Nydam had a good game showed us he can play. Given time and the opportunities to play he should develop into a good first player. Time away with England will only help his development.

dirtydingusmagee added 08:44 - Oct 2
chucked in the deep end, and was up to the task all things considered. At least despite being on losing side,and when more experienced players failed to make their mark, he could hold his head up leaving the pitch. Well done lad.

Karlosfandangal added 09:20 - Oct 2
Bright future this lad let’s hope we can keep hold of him as Prem teams pay silly money for players so will be hard to resisted.

They say after 10 games is a good reflection of where you will finish for the season, so 8th and flertting with the play offs and playing the football we are is far better than I would have expected for this season.

BlueySwede added 10:22 - Oct 2
He did look a little lightweight on Saturday, but the talent is clearly there.

thundercat600 added 11:05 - Oct 2
So where are we heading, on Saturday the back four were just passing the ball sideways then hoofing up in the air over everyone. Bristol on the other hand played fast free flowing football feet to feet and the Town players did not have a clue how to handle this. So what's the answer, is this the way MM is instructing them to play or are the players themselves not up to the job

LWNR2013 added 15:10 - Oct 2
Throughout the game he was involved in all areas of the middle. When the game was becoming dull and de javu set in he brightened it up. M o M by a mile and a real talent. He certainly didn't wither. Excellent.

BlueBlood90 added 09:15 - Oct 3
As we all mentioned last season, I can accept a 3-1 home defeat whilst blooding in young lads from the academy with the vision of building something for the future. If we'd had Jonny Douglas and Giles Coke playing it would've been a different story. Nice to see he had a good game. He could get 3-4 years of Championship football under his belt before he's even 21 which can only be a positive thing for us in the future.

Seasider added 14:26 - Oct 3
Mick couldn't change personnel,at the late stage of warm up injury;but felt Adeyemi's withdrawal should have provoked Mick into thinking about altering the formation.

Thought it was a bit much to expect a 17 year old to be one of only two in midfield,alongside 'Skusey'.

Noticed that Tristan said Cole Skues talked to him during match;didn't do much else though;and as a consequence were overrun in the vital middle of the park.

This resulting in hoofing it forward to our two tiny frontmen,least they looked small compared to the giants of Bristol;with the obvious result that the 'Robins'won everything at the back,including free kicks,from the West Country referee.

Like most think Nydam looks to have a good future in the game;but it was a bit much to expect him to influence the game like Adeyemi.

coolcat added 19:36 - Oct 5
Good to see him start last Saturday. Being thrown in at the deep end like that does no harm occasionally. He was great against Leeds. Tough player.

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