Anelka hit a double in the 3-3 draw, though a controversial goal celebration could see him hit by a ban.
"I thought he had a good game," Downing told the WBA website. "He combined really well with Berahino. He has that quality to drop in there and link the play.
"He controls the game from that area and also has a threat. He got on the shoulder for the first goal and got in behind.
"It was then a typical poacher's goal off the corner for his second.
"I'm pleased with him.
"It's been a while since he's figured and played but his dedication and attitude to it has always been spot on."
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