Date: 7th December 2010 at 12:06pm
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Stewart Downing has called on the player to show some fighting spirit following our abject loss to Liverpool last night.

Speaking on the Official Site today as the dust continues to settle from the both the performance and the after match comments, Downing explains that the squad went to Anfield looking for a win and believing they could get one, before ‘two schoolboy’ errors cost us yet another match.

‘We wanted to start off well, but we conceded two schoolboy goals really. We went thinking we had a real chance. We seemed to give them too much respect, we’ve got to improve with that.’

Downing obviously adds that the second goal was clearly offside but our failures are a bit deeper than yet another pathetic showing from Phil Dowd.

‘Earlier this season we put in some terrific performances and lost games that we should have won. But against Liverpool we didn’t fight, we didn’t get amongst people and we didn’t finish chances when we had them.’

Looking forward to the derby against Albion, Downing says we have to restore our confidence and again the experienced players need to set an example.

‘I’m confident that we can put things right. We have to be man enough to stand up and have a go. We need to stick together as a team.’

Way too many of these types of interviews at the moment, but credit to Downing for being prepared to put his head above the parapet – the silence in fighting talk from some is almost as silent as their fighting spirit on the pitch last night.

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