Byram: We were always confident we would come back against Palace
West Ham United were ‘always confident’ of getting something out of Tuesday’s Premier League contest with Crystal Palace despite going a goal behind, according to Sam Byram.
A headed effort from Christian Benteke put the Eagles ahead in the first period but Mark Noble levelled the tie from the penalty spot with his 50th goal for the Hammers, with the game ending 1-1.
It was no more than the Irons deserved for their efforts as West Ham climbed to tenth in the table and made is six games unbeaten in the Premier League.
And Byram says he and his teammates always believed they had the ability to get back into the game, crediting the supporters for their help in driving the Irons back into the contest.
“I think that’s a good point,” Byram told whufc.com. “I think they [Palace} were a strong, attacking team. They were very dangerous on the break but I think we did well to keep them out.
It’s always tough when we go 1-0 down but with the Stadium we have, and the fans behind us, we’re always confident we can get one back
“It’s always tough when we go 1-0 down but with the Stadium we have, and the fans behind us, we’re always confident we can get one back. Chicharito did very well to win the penalty and Nobes put it away.
“I think we had chances and they had spells where they were attacking for long periods. A draw was a fair result in the end.”
Tuesday’s match was also Sam Byram’s first Premier League start of the campaign, and his first start since returning from a lengthy injury lay-off.
The right-back was thrilled to be back in the team and praised manager David Moyes for his patience with him.
Byram added: “He’s been really good to me since I’ve come back. He’s told me to take my time and that I’d get my chance if I work hard. He’s been really good.”
The Irons are unbeaten in the league in 2018 and Byram has been impressed with what the team has offered this year, and is confident the side will continue to add points to their tally.
He continued: “In the league, our form has been really good. We were frustrated, not just with the result, but with the performance at Wigan, so it was good to come back. Unfortunately, we didn’t win but it’s good to get a point.
“It’s very close from ninth place down to the bottom, but as long as we keep putting points on the board I’m sure we will be okay.”