Johnson Leads The Way To Beating Relegation!

Last updated : 17 February 2009 By Boro Mad

Gareth Southgate (talking to the Evening Gazette): "We asked Stewart (Downing) to play in the hole a few times earlier in the year but it was all about getting the balance right at the time.

"We've given Adam his chance in there lately and you can see how his performances have improved.

"When Adam is playing like this it gives us the chance to look at Stewart again and consider switching him because we know there is another side to his game than just playing out wide.

"I thought Stewart looked a really top player at West Ham because he was able to take the game by the scruff of the neck with his runs from deep positions.

"He has that ability and we must use it when the time is right. We can do that when Adam is performing well because it gives us so many other options.

"Adam has taken his chance well and he has set standards that he needs to maintain.

"He has established himself as part of the squad and has to continue to push on.

"We have been delighted with what he has achieved and he has the ability to do well.

"What he needs is the experience and this will come in time."