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Downing likes look of Italian lads

DowningStewart Downing has confirmed that both Marco Borriello and Antonio Nocerino are looking good in training  ahead of tonight’s clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian duo are recognised universally as top players and the Irons winger is clearly delighted they are on board.

Whether either is involved  tonight remains to be seen but Downing appears to have given them both his seal  of approval.

He said: “They trained very well on their first day, with some nice touches. They have good pedigree.

” I’m sure the manager’s had them watched and knows that they can bring something to our squad.

“We need the players in because we’ve been a little light, and once we’ve got everyone back fit, and with these lads added too, we’ve got a decent squad.”

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Downing refuses to write off the Hammers at the Bridge saying: They are a very good team, especially at home, but why can’t we go there and upset it?

“We did that at Tottenham and we have no doubt that we can go there and do it again. We have a strong team and we can cause Chelsea problems. We just have to stay in the game and keep it tight for long periods.”

Speaking to the official site he added that the absences of Winston Reid and at times James Tomkins and James Collins has made life tough.

He said: ” They are starting players in the team, so it has been difficult on that one, but if we play like we did in the first 15 or 20 minutes at home against them we’ll have a chance.”

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