Date: 6th January 2010 at 3:50pm
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Martin O’Neill has taken the chance to praise Stewart Downing for the impact he’s had on the pitch since returning from injury.

The boss is quoted on the Official Site today saying how impressed his been with his form, especially given the fact that he isn’t just yet fully match fit.

‘I have been very, very pleased with him.

‘But you know that there will be a period where that lack of fitness overtakes him.’

Which O’Neill explains is why he’s been subbed in a couple of games to ensure he doesn’t become burnt out whilst getting ‘wound’ up.

‘He’s given everything. When he is fully wound up, he will be really excellent for us.’

Downing has certainly brought us the balance we have missing and I’m sure he’s going to become even more important once he is fully fit.

It’s so nice having options isn’t it. Another couple upfront from January would be nice now if we are really going to go all out for Cups and a Top 4 place.

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