Downes: “We didn’t know what to do with the ball”

Flynn Downes

Flynn Downes  helped the Hammers secure a vital second away win of the season at Fulham last weekend and helped keen a talented Gent side at bay last night.

And although the team encountered some big difficulties in Belgium the No14 believes West Ham will have enough to win the tie at the London Stadium and reach the semi finals of the  competition  in Prague on 7 June.

As ever, despite a less than average performance the support was excellent and included Flynn’s Mum and Dad. He explained just how badly the team need the fans saying that the support was excellent

The 24-year-old had to be  careful himself in Gent after receiving an early yellow card from Greek referee Tasos Sidiropoulos for a foul on Hong Hyun-seok, but retained his composure to complete 74 minutes before being withdrawn.

And afterwards he said: “We didn’t lose, so we’ve got to look at the positives, especially when you come back from home. They’re a good team that play good football, as we saw tonight but, like I said, we didn’t play our best but we got a draw so we’ll take it back to London Stadium.

I think they set up really well, to be fair to them. They were very aggressive and when they got the ball, they kept it. We didn’t, it’s as simple as that really. We got the ball and we didn’t know what to do with it, which isn’t ideal, but we go back to the drawing board, go back home now and get back to work and look forward to next week.

“I’m putting in a lot of hard work so it’s definitely it’s nice to get a few minutes, but I’d like to play a bit better than that which is frustrating, but it is what is and you are going to have ups and downs, so I’ll just keep going back to the grind.”

For Downes, every European appearance adds to his education, with his career up to this season having been played exclusively in England’s EFL.

On Thursday, there were bookings, a disallowed goal, a goal awarded after a VAR review and finally the late sending-off of Gent’s Polish defender Kamil Piątkowski that was rescinded after Sidiropoulos had been called to the pitchside monitor.

“It was a dramatic game, to say the least, at both ends!” Downes smiled. “It’s a bit mad when you play in this Conference League because it’s not like back home. It’s so different, the atmosphere is different, but that’s why coming here and getting a draw is a good result.”



About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

3 comments on “Downes: “We didn’t know what to do with the ball”

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  2. We got the ball and didn’t know what to do with it. What an indictment on a Premier League football outfit

  3. For once a player who has spoken honestly and has said what we are all seeing. The blame for all this lands with Moyes. He is simply not doing his job. How the owners are still employing him is really difficult to understand and accept.

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