Defensive injuries cost West Ham, claims Byram

West Ham United defender Sam Byram has said that the Hammers missed Angelo Ogbonna and James Collins in Saturday’s Premier League clash against Swansea City.

Ogbonna and Collins both failed to make the squad through injury, while West Ham were hit with another defensive issue in the 27th minute of the match when Winston Reid was stretchered off the field with a serious knee problem.

Byram was the player that replaced Reid in Wales, but the full-back could not help his team avoid a 4-1 defeat to the Swans at the Liberty Stadium.

The 24-year-old has claimed that the absence of Ogbonna, Collins and Reid made it difficult for West Ham to avoid suffering a damaging loss in Wales.

Byram told West Ham’s official website:

“We were without Angelo and Ginge, and Winston got injured during the game and they¬†are very experienced players and have played the majority of games for us, so to lose them was frustrating.”

West Ham have only collected 30 points from their 29 Premier League matches this season, with that total leaving them in 14th position in the table.

Southampton in 17th are just two points behind West Ham, meanwhile, as the Hammers prepare for back-to-back home matches against Burnley and the Saints before the end of the month.