Liverpool’s English winger Stewart Downing says that although Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Stoke City was extremely disappointing, both fans and players can take heart from the reds’ dominant display.
“I thought we played some decent football,” reflected Downing, “We were unlucky and on another day we would have put our chances away, but it wasn’t to be.”
Downing added that he did not see either of the game-defining incidents; the challenge on Stoke’s John Walters that led to the forward converting a 21st minute penalty or the Liverpool appeals for a penalty after a Luis Suarez cross appeared to strike the hand of Mathew Upson, with the appeals waved away:
“I’m not sure whether it was a penalty or not for their goal, but maybe we should have had one ourselves.
“I played the ball to Luis, and although I couldn’t see the incident from where I was standing, the lads were saying it was a stonewall handball afterwards.
“I don’t think there was a lot wrong with our performance – we played quite well.”
“It was ‘one of those days’ and we couldn’t hit the net, but hopefully we’ll be able to do it at Tottenham next week. We’ve just got to keep doing the same things.”