Fan abuse inspires Downing

DowningStewart Downing has made it clear that “boos and shouts” from home fans only inspires him to be brave and keep trying!

Life can sometimes be difficult in front of the Irons purists but Downing has no worries about the Boleyn crowd reaction claiming it merely spurs him on.

He explained: ““You’ve got to have self-belief. When things are not going well, think: ‘It will turn.’

“If you’re losing at home and the crowd are edgy and something you try doesn’t come off, they might boo or shout, but you’ve got to be brave and keep trying.”

He understand perfectly and understands that when the opposition fans have a pop it’s because “they see you as a threat.”

Speaking to FourFourTwo with Adidas he said: “You have just got to take it as a bit of fun. You get players that will kick you and try to intimidate you, but they are doing it for a reason – they’re trying to put you off your game.

“You’ve just got to get on with it and not react, because that’s what they want. If you don’t react, it deflects the pressure onto them.




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5 comments on “Fan abuse inspires Downing

  1. Trouble with Downing is he is a bit of a powder puff.When he is on his game he is good,but for long periods recently i think he has been lucky to keep his place.Lack of decent options has helped him to keep his place,either that or Curtis is his agent,lol,dont think so though,so thats one reason written off for why Hippo is still playing him 😉

  2. When you pay to watch anything you have the right to remark on that subject,
    If the players are rank you let them know and if they are good you let them know,
    If they are rank and there manager leaves them on the pitch they should blame him for the abuse they receive,
    It’s funny how the players that get the boos react faster then that get clapped for playing well.
    If Downing suffers with it he should have a word with Nolan because nothing seems to work on him

  3. Geezer could do with being a bit braver thats for certain.He is a bit of a tart sometimes.Man up boy!! 😉

  4. Downing, Maiga, Carroll and Jarvis total outlay circa £37m.
    Nuff said!

  5. Downing is so frustrating.Against Burnley in the second half v 10 players he should have mullered the space but his crosses were poor.however on the one time he got in the box,he was fouled and it should have been a penalty. His lack of bravery isn’t just about tackles but mentally taking on players.Jarvis was brilliant at this once upon a time but now both are puss poor.give a kid a chance.

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