Ahead of Sunday's match against Tottenham, the West Ham midfielder believes his side can still finish above their London rivals even though Mauricio Pochettino's team are currently five points ahead of the Hammers.
Asked if he accepted Spurs would finish above West Ham, Downing said: "I don't think so. They have obviously spent a lot of money and I don't think they are any better than us.
"Over the course of the season we have proved we deserve to be where we are. Now it's crunch time. We don't want to waste the first six months.
"We have beaten a lot of top teams and it would be nice to finish well in the league and get a good final place."
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