Downing calls for support

West Ham winger Stewart Downing says pretty football is no guarantee against relegation and has called on the club's fans to back the team.

Last Updated: 31/03/14 at 19:23 Post Comment

Stuart Downing: Calls on West Ham fans to back the team

Stuart Downing: Calls on West Ham fans to back the team

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Manager Sam Allardyce and his West Ham side were booed last Wednesday following the vital 2-1 win over Hull and Downing admits he was surprised by the reaction from the home fans.

Speaking ahead of Monday night's Sky Live clash with Sunderland, he said: "We found it all a little bit strange, winning the game and getting booed off.

"In this game it's all about results. It wasn't pretty but the big thing is we got the points because it moves us closer to safety.

"In the situation we're in the most important thing was to get the win, especially against a team that was in and around us.

"We just play effective football to get results. When I was at Liverpool we played nice football but we finished eighth.

"There's no point playing good football and getting relegated. I did that with Middlesbrough."

Downing wants a more positive reaction from the Upton Park faithful in the next home game against Premier League leaders Liverpool .

"Players always hear it, especially playing at home," he said.

"I've had worse than that before: I've been at England games when there's been booing and that's 90,000 people.

"It can affect players and it puts people off their game. The more experienced people deal with it better.

"You need your fans onside. We've not given them much to shout about and it's been a difficult season.

"They've stuck with us all the way through and I'd ask them to stay with us right till the end. If we keep getting results we'll stay in the Premier League.

"Hopefully the next (home) game, Liverpool, we can give them something to cheer about and all will be forgotten."

Downing, who had a short loan spell at Sunderland from Middlesbrough early in his career, knows victory at the Stadium of Light could secure the Hammers' top-flight status.

But, in an unpredictable season, he is not resting on his laurels.

He added: "We should just get as many wins as we can on the board. Don't think one more game will be enough because we could easily get dragged back in again.

"It will be massive for us if we beat Sunderland. They've got games in hand, but difficult games.

"They need points desperately and if we can get a win it probably deflates them a little bit."

Watch Sunderland v West Ham on Sky Sports HD1 from 7pm on Monday night

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Hull Abel Hernandez accepts FA charge and ban

Hull's Abel Hernandez will miss the first three games on the 2015/16 Championship season after accepting FA charge.

Ashely Young: Louis Van Gaal reignited my love for football

Ashley Young has praised Louis van Gaal, stating the Manchester United coach reignited his love for football.

Sepp Blatter: Tiny minority to blame for FIFA crisis

Sepp Blatter has told FIFA's annual congress he had no way of monitoring "a tiny minority" of officials accused of corruption.

Mail Box

What Is It That FIFA Actually Do?

That's the question raised timidly by someone sat at the back of the room, whilst others remind that UEFA aren't perfect either. Plus a few more gone on to better XIs...

Time To Step Up, Mr Platini...

UEFA should step up and extend the Euros to replace FIFA's tarnished World Cup, say a couple of mailboxers. Also: all hail Carlo, King of the Kop, and plenty more Budget XIs...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company