Liverpool's Stewart Downing was the butt of many jokes heading into this weekend, but he ended it having the last laugh.
It is fair to say Stewart Downing's Liverpool career has not been spectacular, but there have been minor indications that this season he is starting to give a little back.
The timing of his goal against Tottenham was impeccable, both for his team and personally. Firstly Liverpool were trailing 2-1 and by being able to capitalise on Hugo Lloris' mistake he got his club back into a game they ended up winning.
From a personal perspective Downing must be hugely pleased. On Friday he took part in an online Q & A on Twitter with the #askdowning hashtag which ended up getting hijacked by pranksters.
Here are a few examples of the messages Downing was faced with:
@payny01: How did you feel last season knowing Tim Howard was closer to lifting the golden boot than you?
@arpan_manutd: Do you know any footballer (except you) who is neither footed?
@dualeadam1: If you were a footballer, what would your preferred position be?
So it didn't really go to plan for the winger, but after his goal yesterday, he can not only hold his head high and be happy with himself, he can even dare log onto Twitter.
Here is a selection of the Tweets from Liverpool fans praising Downing's display:
@conradbeckham: Would like to praise Stewart Downing's attitude and performances the past few months. Maybe he's earned himself another season at
@iamkamjoshi: Downing has come back from the dead at
#LFC seems to be enjoying his football again
@lfc4lyf05: For all the 'fans' who slated Downing up until the equalizer ye are a joke. Great performance couldn't have done anymore for us today
@i_deb: Downing was superb. Fighting for every ball, giving it his all throughout 90 mins. His strike was special. Right footed torpedo
@craig_c_88: I've given Downing plenty of stick the last 18 months but he has played really well the last few games
@red_fairclough: As for Downing, that's the most remarkable turn around since Lucas. Had one foot out of the door in November, he's now undroppable
@arastulfc: How many of you thought Downing was gonna spill that open goal chance? I was one of them. :)
@rahul_gauti: Its funny.Downing had the full goal to himself but chose to (maybe?!) shoot through the legs of the defender blocking.
#lfc i think we have a new downing. Since the game vs anzhi downing is playing brilliant football. Running constantly. Well done lad
@fiifi_ Downing should score more often. In any of the matches he's scored, we've gone on to win
Has Downing turned a corner or will his form simple lead to Liverpool cashing in on him in the summer?
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