Sam Byram has praised the chemistry and unity in the Norwich City dressing room after stepping in to make his full Premier League debut for the Canaries on Saturday.
Byram joined the Canaries from West Ham United back on July 16 and replaced the injured Max Aarons for the victory over Manchester City at Carrow Road.
The full-back was intergral to a memorable Canaries’ victory and, speaking to canaries.co.uk after the game, he insisted the spirit within the squad is crucial to their success.
“The character and spirit is definitely one of the best I’ve experienced,” he said. “You can see from everyone, the players on the bench and the players that even weren’t on the bench, everyone wants the team to do well.
“That’s the main thing for the unity. Not one player is bigger than the team and you can see that today with the work rate, everyone has got each other’s back.
“We had a bit of luck throughout the game but we defended unbelievably well and also had spells in the game where we played some really good football.
“We always have belief that we could win. It’s Manchester City and they are an unbelievable team but we’ve got a squad here which is very close-knit.
“If someone drops out, someone else can fill in. You know exactly what your job is and I think we showed today the spirit we’ve got and how good we can be.”
Byram has received lots of praise for how he dealt with Raheem Sterling – the England forward came into the match off the back of two goals and four assists on international duty.
“I think I did alright! There were two moments near the end where he cut inside and I was pleased to see Tim [Krul] with the ball eventually in his hands.
“He’s in the form of his life. It’s not just down to me to stop him, I had Emi [Buendia] in front of me and Todd [Cantwell] and Josip [Drmic] in the second-half. Everyone got involved and it was a team effort.”