‘Rolled back the years’: Blackburn Rovers fans hail Stewart Downing's performance against Hull

Blackburn Rovers' Stewart Downing during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Blackburn Rovers at Craven Cottage on August 10, 2019 in London, England.

Blackburn Rovers signed Stewart Downing from Middlesbrough this summer.

Stewart Downing of Blackburn Rovers and Gevaro Nepomuceno of Oldham during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Blackburn Rovers and Oldham Athletic at Ewood Park on August 13, 2019...

Some Blackburn Rovers supporters have taken to Twitter to rave about Stewart Downing after the experienced winger put in his best performance since signing from Championship rivals Middlesbrough.

Downing left Boro at the end of his contract this summer. Jonathan Woodgate suggested he wanted the player to stay at the Riverside Stadium, but Blackburn instead signed him on a free transfer.

 

After a slow start to the season, Rovers have now picked up successive 1-0 victories as they claimed all three points against Hull City at the KCOM Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Dereck Williams scored the only goal of the game after Hull’s Jarrod Bowen saw a penalty saved. The defender will rightfully collect the plaudits, but it was Downing who really shone for the visitors.

Downing started further up the pitch than usual, playing on the left side of a front three.

Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray previously played him in a deeper role, but the tactical switch allowed the 35-year-old to cause damage in the final third and he tormented Hull’s defence throughout.

Blackburn Rovers' Stewart Downing during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Blackburn Rovers at Craven Cottage on August 10, 2019 in London, England.

Downing racked up a whopping six key passes, more than the rest of his teammates combined. His set-piece led to Williams’ only goal of the game, while the former Boro man almost scored himself as he hit the woodwork.

Mowbray signed both Downing from Middlesbrough and Bradley Johnson from Derby County to add more experience to the side. Evidence so far suggests Rovers’ Championship rivals have missed their former players.

Stuart Downing of Blackburn Rovers (right) breaks away from Steven Davis of Glasgow Rangers during the pre-season friendly between Glasgow Rangers and Blackburn Rovers at Ibrox Stadium on...

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