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We need that ruthless streak, admits Downing

The midfielder showed a calm performance playing in central midfield on Tuesday night

2 October 2019

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Stewart Downing felt there were plenty of positive signs from Rovers against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night, but was left frustrated not to get all three points against The Reds.

Downing deservedly earned the Man of the Match award for a stellar performance in central midfield against the high-flying visitors, producing an assured display alongside Lewis Travis.

The 35-year-old was at the heart of everything Rovers did well on the night, with nobody in blue-and-white having more touches than the experienced ex-England international.

And speaking after the game, the former Middlesbrough winger was left ruing the 1-1 result against Sabri Lamouchi's side, believing that Rovers deserved more for their efforts at Ewood Park.

“They're a good team, but I felt we dominated the game in large periods," he admitted post-match.

“It just didn't drop for us in the second half, despite having plenty of shots and crosses coming into the box.

“We can take a lot of positives into the weekend game in my opinion.

“I didn't see the goal coming for them ifI'm being honest. How many shots did they have in the game? We defended well as a team and looked a threat at the other end.

“Adam Armstrong had a really good game against a good player in Matty Cash. I felt he linked up really well down the left flank with Greg.

“We'll get better, the goals will come, we just have to be a bit more clinical."

The result signs off back-to-back league games at Ewood Park, and Downing added that he was a touch disappointed with the points haul against Luton Town and Forest.

“Results-wise, we're disappointed with the return from these two home games," he said.

"The performances were good, and overall we are getting better. There are little things we need to improve on but we'll get there."

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