Middlesbrough fans react on Twitter to Stewart Downing's performance

Former West Ham winger Stewart Downing underwhelmed as Middlesbrough lost to Cardiff City.

When Stewart Downing left Premier League side West Ham to drop down a division to former club Middlesbrough the move was hailed as a masterstroke.

Downing himself was praised for making the transfer, but so far he has found it tough going in the Championship.

The winger underwhelmed again last night as Middlesbrough slipped to a disappointing 1-0 defeat away to Cardiff City.

The promotion chasers have slipped to sixth in the table and could fall out of the play-off spots if Derby County win their game in hand this evening.

Downing recorded a 96 per cent pass completion rate, but failed to get any of his two shots on target. It is this lack of a cutting edge which has been the telling story for Downing and the team as a whole since his arrival.

The 31-year-old has scored only one time in 12 games, and he has only one assist to show for it. This was not for a lack of trying; he created five chances last night but nothing seemed to work for him.

The former West Ham ace is a victim of high expectations, and with Middlesbrough showing signs of inconsistency - winning six of 12 games so far, it is natural he will receive some of the flak.

That is precisely what began to happen last night after the loss, with supporters taking to social media to criticise his display.

Here is a look at what they had to say about his performance... 

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