Liam is hot to trot after dream start

LIAM Trotter could not have dreamt for a better start to the season.The Ipswich Town midfielder scored the first goal in the 3-0 win at Burnley on Saturday, and has been named in the Championship team of the week.

Elvin King

LIAM Trotter could not have dreamt for a better start to the season.

The Ipswich Town midfielder scored the first goal in the 3-0 win at Burnley on Saturday, and has been named in the Championship team of the week.

Not bad for a rookie who admits he almost nodded off while waiting 50 minutes for Saturday's match at Turf Moor to begin.

Blues boss Jim Magilton accused Trotter of having a 'dozy' start to the game and not coming to life until he had scored.

“It took Liam 34 minutes to realise he was in a game, and the goal was the first positive thing he had done,” said Magilton.

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“If he can get himself going from the first minute he could be a decent player.”

“He was comatose while we waited to start. While we were having kittens, there he was sleeping.”

But Trotter, who has made 11 first team appearances, today hit back to say: “You have to deal with these things in the best way for you.

“I am not used to playing on Saturday afternoons anyway, and to then have a long break after the warm-up was a strange situation.

“There was a time when I nearly nodded off as I thought the best thing to do was to relax and not get too hyped up.

“But if I had have gone off I could not have dreamt for a better day.”

Last January former Northgate High School pupil Trotter, who made his way to Portman Road via the soccer school at West Suffolk College, was staking a claim for a regular first team place when he was controversially sent off in the FA Cup against Portsmouth.

“This is how football works,” said Trotter, who will 20 later this month. It was disheartening, but there was little I could do.

“The manager handed me a new one-year contract to the summer of 2009, and I have time to make an impact.

“This time last year I had not got close to a first team start. This season I have already started two matches.

“It was a battle to get into the youth team, and then to get into the reserve team. And now I am in a battle to get into the first team.

“I will keep my focus and keep doing the best I can although there is a lot of competition for places these days. We showed the grit and desire that the manager wants away from home on Saturday and held a good shape.”

And reflecting on his goal, Trotter added: “I went looking for a short corner, and when it did not happen I turned round and went into the middle. When the ball reached me I volleyed it and it took a deflection into the middle of the goal.”

Coca-Cola Championship team of the week: Mart Poom (Watford), Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff), Matthew Kilgallon (Sheff Utd), Ibrahima Sonko (Reading), Callum Davidson (Preston), Liam Trotter (Ipswich), Brian Howard (Barnsley), Paul McKenna (Preston), Chris Iwelumo (Wolves), Billy Sharp (Sheff Utd).