West Ham play host to a Fulham team on the same number of points and equally desperate to climb away from the bottom of the Premier League table.
"We have to start scoring some goals," Downing told the London Evening Standard. "We need to start taking some of those chances and not let the nerves creep in. If the crowd become restless, it's important we keep going - keep doing what we are best at.
"I believe West Ham won a lot of games without Andy Carroll last season so until he comes back, it's up to us. We know we can do it, we went to Tottenham and won 3-0 and we beat Cardiff 2-0 at home."
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