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Sam Byram: We’ve got to be brave and keep creating chances

16 December 2019

Sam Byram says Norwich City were happy to take a point against Leicester City, following an intense second-half against the side.

“If you’d have said we’d have took away a draw before the match I would’ve done. On the basis of how the game had gone, we could have had all three points, but we’ll take the draw.

“I think for us we’re a lot more confident with the ball, we managed to get behind their defence and create some good chances. I felt we were pretty solid through open play.

“Conceding again from a corner is frustrating, but it’s something that if we can improve on and iron out chances from corners, then moving forward I feel we’re quite strong.

“We always knew in the second half they were going to come out attacking, it looked like they changed their formation and bought on Demarai Gray and Harvey Barnes, who are both very direct, so obviously me and Max [Aarons] had to be switched on.

“The midfielders covered a lot of ground, helping out the wingers as well so it was a full-team effort, but a deserved point I think.”

When under pressure, it’s easy to clear the ball in hopes of clearing the danger along with it. Byram says in moments like that, being composed on the ball is key to overcoming the pressure, instead of giving possession back to the opponent.

“That’s where you’ve got to be brave, there’s a tendency to just leather it as far as you can, but that would be giving possession back to them and they’ll keep attacking, so we’ve got to be brave in them moments and keep playing and keep creating chances, if we’ve got the ball it stops them from attacking.”

Looking ahead to the Wolves’ game, Byram has reiterated the importance of going in with a level head, avoiding complacency.

“If you look back after Arsenal and Everton, we can’t let complacency slip in. Obviously, it’s a very good result away, and Leicester are doing really well, but Wolves is another tough game, they’re a very solid team.

“We need to take the confidence in, but not become complacent there, it’s a new game and a new challenge.”

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