Downing insists Steve Clarkeâ€™s fourth-placed men should not put too much stock in the Redsâ€™ lowly league position of 18th.
â€śI have watched them a couple of times recently and against Manchester United they were the better side, even with ten men,â€ť Downing told the WBA website.
â€śI thought they played exceptionally well and there was a controversial sending-off. At Sunderland they earned a valuable point which could have been all three.
â€śSo theyâ€™re a good team. They are in a transitional period but there are signs Brendan is getting things right.
â€śIt will be a tight game, I envisage another difficult game and I donâ€™t think the first game will have much bearing on it.â€ť