Loan Watch: Joseph Anang keeps clean sheet in Football League debut for Stevenage
West Ham United goalkeeper Joseph anang kept his clean sheet on his Football League debut as he helped Stevenage kick off Ligue 2 with a win on Saturday.
The 21-year-old joined The Boro on a one-season loan in June, having been an outstanding player on the Hammers development team in 49 appearances over the past two seasons.
And after enjoying a solid preseason with his adopted club, in which Anang kept three sheets clean in five appearances, the England U20 international carried that compelling form to Stevenage’s season opener against Barrow.
In truth, it was a close affair at Lamex Stadium, with Barrow having benefited from just two shots on target during the afternoon – the most unsettling for Anang forcing him to duck to his right to grab the cup. -Josh Kay daisy.
But Anang’s shutout was crucial in getting Stevenage to start his 2021/22 campaign on a high note, having finished the previous season in excellent form under Alex Revell.
A quick finish from midfielder Jake Reeves a minute into the second half proved to be a winner, with the Stevenage players celebrating a victory in front of their home fans for the first time in 651 days.
Kay was the closest equalizer for Barrow, only for Anang to cover his angles well and force the visiting striker to hit the side net when he is well placed.
The charismatic goalkeeper will be hoping to maintain such good form when Stevenage hosts Luton Town in the Carabao Cup first round on Tuesday night.
Academy goalkeeper Nathan Trott had no game to complete with adopted club AS Nancy this weekend, having made his Ligue 2 debut last week in a 4-0 home loss to Toulouse.
And Nathan Holland was not involved in Oxford United’s 1-1 draw at Cambridge United in League One, only joining the U on a one-season loan last week.