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Downing Issues Rallying Cry

Stewart Downing has called on the player to show some fighting spirit following our abject loss to Liverpool last night.

Speaking on the Official Site today as the dust continues to settle from the both the performance and the after match comments, Downing explains that the squad went to Anfield looking for a win and believing they could get one, before 'two schoolboy' errors cost us yet another match.

'We wanted to start off well, but we conceded two schoolboy goals really. We went thinking we had a real chance. We seemed to give them too much respect, we've got to improve with that.'

Downing obviously adds that the second goal was clearly offside but our failures are a bit deeper than yet another pathetic showing from Phil Dowd.

'Earlier this season we put in some terrific performances and lost games that we should have won. But against Liverpool we didn't fight, we didn't get amongst people and we didn't finish chances when we had them.'

Looking forward to the derby against Albion, Downing says we have to restore our confidence and again the experienced players need to set an example.

'I'm confident that we can put things right. We have to be man enough to stand up and have a go. We need to stick together as a team.'

Way too many of these types of interviews at the moment, but credit to Downing for being prepared to put his head above the parapet - the silence in fighting talk from some is almost as silent as their fighting spirit on the pitch last night.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 7 2010

Time: 12:05PM

Your Comments

That's all well and good...but how far into the match did he realize that we were'nt showing any fight ? And why didn't he, and the rest of the team put that right ? I dont mind too much Villa losing as long as they show some passion...
MASON_PARKER
I hear what your saying Mike & inevitably someone has to tell it how it is & if they didnt in this day & age of media they would be questioned on it anyway...But just for once I would like not to hear all the usual classic lines & battle cries coming from the club & like them to shut sown the hatches for a week & then on saturday come out & put on a performance full of fire & prove it that way...Get in trg & really get about setting themselves up for what is a very big match against the baggies that we desperately need to win to give us a few days respite & allow us to breathe a little easier & ease the sting out of the pressure that is mounting & will only mount that little more with Houlliers silly comments last night!!! p.s I thought downing actually if nothing else was one of the only players to emerge with any credit, by never giving up the ghost & at least trying till the end...as well as the fonz who showed some great movement, that alongside gabby in a 4-4-2 would defo cause the albion a few problems...
marcobavfc
Downing looked asiff he was trying yesterday so we cant knock him tbf.
Blitz
Agree Blitz.... Disco seemed to be the only one putting any effort in last night, so if anyone has the right to stand up and say something its him..... Also agree with Marco tho', i've kind of heard enough of this type of crap now, and wish they'd all just shut up and get themselves sorted out!
bixit
 

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