Downing has experienced the enormous pressure of a relegation fight before in his career.
â€śIâ€™ve been in this situation before, first at Middlesbrough in 2009 and then at Aston Villa to a lesser degree,â€ť he told the London Evening Standard. â€śA few of the other lads have also experienced this sort of pressure as well, Kevin Nolan at Newcastle, for example. I look around the squad and I see players who can cope with it.
â€śI think, having been there before, you know what to expect. You know you have to keep going because things can change very quickly. Itâ€™s important everyone sticks together because when itâ€™s not going as well as it should be, itâ€™s easy to throw your arms in the air, start pointing and blaming people.
â€śItâ€™s up to us, no one else. The manager picks the team but itâ€™s us who have to go out there and get the results.
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