Downing has suggesting it becomes difficult for West Ham to play their best football when teams drop off with two banks of four and no desire than to park the bus as they go in pursuit of a point.
“It’s difficult, we did it to a lot of teams last year. It’s difficult to play against – You just have to find a way of getting through them – I think for most of the season though, we’ve scored a lot of goals, we’ve created a lot of chances – We should really be in a European position,” he said.
West Ham were superb at the start of the season playing an expansive and entertaining brand of football, which allowed the side to take control of a position near the top of the Premier League table.
However, teams that were clearly wary of the way they were playing dropped right off, playing deep and making it difficult for the Hammers to get into games.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is well known for having a direct style of play and he’s struggled to get the team to adapt when conventional tactics and game plans haven’t worked.
There is plenty of pace and talent in possession through West Ham’s midfield and attack and patience will be the key over the rest of the season.
It’s also important that the defence plays more effectively and takes some of the pressure away from the attack. There are four games left and a place in the top ten to play for.