‘We can’t let complacency slip in’ - Byram on retaining the momentum after Foxes stalemate
PUBLISHED: 19:00 16 December 2019
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Norwich City full-back Sam Byram has urged his Norwich City colleagues not to get complacent as they look to build upon an impressive draw with Leicester City.
Byram has impressed since returning to the side, operating at left-back after Jamal Lewis suffered an injury whilst on duty for Northern Ireland.
His performances have seen him retain a starting berth in Daniel Farke's XI and his contribution was noticeable again at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
City's application saw them assert their desired philosophy onto the game as they became the first team since Liverpool to halt the Foxes, something Byram attributes to City's increased confidence in possession.
"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.
"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."
City have performed well against sides who are willing to allow them possession but want to attack, leaving space for City's technicians to get on the ball and pull the strings.
With five points from a possible 15, City seem to have stabilised the rot they were in, with the aim now to push on and catch the pack above them.
For Byram, the key to success from here is avoiding complacency after a series of positive results against high-flying teams, with 8th placed Wolves next up.
"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."