Downing: Johnson absence a big plus for us

SDowningWest Ham’s chances of beating Sunderland at the weekend have been boosted by the absence of Adam Johnson according to Stewart Downing.

Johnson is still suspended following his arrest on suspicion of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

Downing has first hand experience of Johnson’s abilities from their time together at Middlesbrough, and the Hammer says the Hammers can collect the poinys.

He told the official website:”They’re missing Adam Johnson obviously which is a big boost for us because he’s probably their best player,” he told the West Ham website.

But he added: “Steven Fletcher on his day is a goalscorer, Connor Wickham is also a handful. Other than that we’re pretty strong and we’ve got goalscorers of our own in the team.

“We should have beaten them when we played them at their place. Our own form has been quite good recently. We have to start well and if we play like we did in the second half against Chelsea we’ll win.”



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4 comments on “Downing: Johnson absence a big plus for us

  1. Pity then that the comment about Johnson isn’t true

  2. How does he work out ‘our own form has been quite good recently’.The Form Guides i read dont seem to point to this.Unless ofc 1 win in 12 is considered good form these days.Whats going on,Noble says our form isnt a massive concern,Downing says it has been good recently.I think they are all smoking something dodgy 🙂

  3. Lol,exactly Rads,if they were a horse i wouldnt be putting much money on them at the moment based on the form guide.Clearly they have a different defination of the term ‘form’,maybe they ment performance,but even that wouldnt get me laying a big wodge on them 😉

  4. Surely it must be a sign of player mindset when they have to rely on opposition injuries to feel that they can win.Pathetic!

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