Downing suggests fatigue had started to creep into West Ham's performances

Upton Park

West Ham United midfielder Stewart Downing has said the side needed a break from the pressures of the league.

West Ham United midfielder Stewart Downing has suggested to the club’s website that a little bit of fatigue had started to creep into the team’s performances.

The Hammers are currently training in Dubai, recharging their batteries ahead of the return of the Premier League action this weekend.

“I think we needed a break. We had a lot of games with the FA Cup games and obviously the Barclays Premier League, so it’s nice to get a couple of days rest and recover for the next one,” said Downing.

West Ham are under heavy pressure at the moment as they fight for a place in the top eight, which would cap a good season for the club.

The FA Cup break saw only one Premier League fixture played over the weekend, QPR v Spurs, which meant the opportunity for clubs all over the country to recharge their batteries and look at their run-ins.

Next up for West Ham is a game against Arsenal who play in the FA Cup this evening against Manchester United.

Not only would the Hammers have had extra rest when the sides meet in the Premier League on Saturday, they would have enjoyed training in a warmer climate, which can also lift spirits.

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce won’t want there to be any excuses for the side over the rest of the campaign and he, and the club, deserves a pat on the back for nipping the issue of fatigue in the bud before it develops into something which could see the side plummet further down the table.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch