Byram explains Altona 93 performance

Sam-Byram-637845It comes as no surprise to see Sam Byram on the official site explaining why the Hammers could only manage a draw against low level German opposition in Hamburg last night.

I suppose for now we must accept the right back’s appraisal that the result aganst Altona 93 wasn’t a disaster and that to some extent it should be expected.

Understandably, putting a positive spin on things is what players and club sites tend to do – protecting interests and performances is par for the course!

And us supporters can apparently afford to be a little more relaxed about it at this stage of proceedings with the words “fitness levels and training games” being regularly coined.

Personally – and of course I may be entirely wrong – I was expecting better, commenting before the match that at this stage of proceeding a 3-0 or 3-1 win should perhaps be on the cards.

Never mind eh, here’s the reported comments from www.whufc. com and we can all make our own minds up on how we view them.

Byram said: “You could see from the start that they came out sharp. It was a big game for them with a Premier League team coming here and obviously they wanted to do well.

“We’re still working on things and getting our fitness work in. There were good things from the game and there were things to learn from, so it was a good test and a good run out for the lads again.

“It’s the same every pre-season. You travel to grounds and teams want to turn you over. We were disappointed to let three goals in, but we did score three ourselves and created plenty of chances but, as I say, we still have things to learn from.

“It’s a different ball-game in the Premier League. These games are mainly about getting fitness in your legs and bringing that sharpness back and you can see, with the signings we’ve made, the quality in depth in our squad now. I’m really positive going into our season now.”



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6 comments on “Byram explains Altona 93 performance

  1. It is only pre-season, but the worrying thing for me was the very slack defending by midfielders as well as central defenders.
    Goal 1 was Fernandes jumping out of the wall as if he was playing for them. As he is one of my favorites I will recognise he is only young and made the wrong decision.
    Goal 2 was Obiang sauntering along in 2nd gear while the player used the space he gave him to pick his spot.
    Goal 3 could be said that Rice missed the header but he is not 8 inches taller, so why did Masuaku let his man go to capitalise on it.
    Still I hope thay work hard on the training ground before Friday, and take that game more seriously.
    As for Burke and Cullen going on loan, after both not discracing themselves, Cullen was probably told to add more attacking expression and goals to his game at Bolton. As for Burke, he is unlucky that Rice arrived in such a big way this summer. Rice will play games for us this year while Burke continues his progress in the championship.

  2. 3-4-1-2 or 4-5-1 or 4-3-2-1 or 4141 ? When fit all positions open season for the players on board , its a very good squad the midfield and attack is strong going forward , its defensively we have a problem ,that’s why imo we need to strengthen at the back and defensive midfielder need to be brought in for top draw games to tighten up and a centre half needs to be brought in , Fernandez is a bright prospect but is still not quite Carling at present , impact sub at the moment for me , others may disagree , but fishes made a good observation of the lad , its in him those silly mistakes , they need to be ironed out , he’s still a kid learning his trade , that’s my armchair analysis for today ,there’s more but I’ll not bore you anymore 😂😂
    You’ll have to wait until Friday 😂😂😂

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