Stewart Downing believes West Ham United were unfortunate not to collect all three Barclays Premier League points on his full Hammers debut at Newcastle United.

The England winger was in lively form as Sam Allardyce's side put in a committed and resolute performance at St James' Park that, on another day, would have been rewarded with a victory.

Downing himself could have chalked up his first goal and assist in claret and blue, seeing a goal-bound shot saved by Tim Krul, a header bounce wide and a superb cross headed uncharacteristically wide by captain Kevin Nolan.

"I enjoyed and I certainly thought we could have won the game with the chances we had," the new No23 told West Ham TV. "I think we played good counter-attacking football and certainly had chances to win it.

"It was always going to be difficult going to Newcastle for their first home game but we got a result and I think we did really well."

In the first half, Downing repeatedly benefitted from West Ham pressing high up the pitch and winning back possession in the middle third of the pitch.

From one such attack, the winger rose high at the far post to head Matt Jarvis' cross, knocking the ball back across goal when he could have aimed for the target himself.

"It wouldn't quite happen and wouldn't quite drop for us in the first half. I think we did everything right until the final bit, but in the second half when it started to get more open we had a few chances we started to get the ball into the box

"We had some chances in the first half too, especially with my header which I didn't know whether to go for goal or to pull it back. I should have gone for goal instead of pulling it back.

"I heard a shout 'Pull it back' and I was running that fast to get on the end of it so that's what I did. The manager wants me to get on that back stick. Maybe I should have gone for goal, but that's the way it is.

"It was unlucky, but I think if anyone was going to win the game it would have been us."

In the second half, Downing saw one well-struck effort saved by Krul before turning provider for Nolan, only for the skipper to head his cross wide when well-placed.

"I think he didn't realise how much time he had and it's quite hard to head balls that come across your body.

"The positive thing is that we had people in the box and if we keep putting balls in like that, we've got a chance of scoring goals."

Downing also showed his defensive qualities, using his pace and fitness to track Newcastle's adventurous Italy international left-back Davide Santon. The 29-year-old said he was happy to work up and down the flanks for his team.

"Away from home, especially, you have to work hard for the team. At some places where they keep possession of the ball, you have to do more running off the ball then you do with it.

"The manager wants me to get up and down and it was a tough 60 minutes. I've not played a lot of football so this was a game I certainly enjoyed."

Having missed a section of pre-season before moving to West Ham from Liverpool, Downing is now hoping to work himself closer to full fitness by featuring in Tuesday's Capital One Cup second-round clash with Cheltenham Town at the Boleyn Ground.

Having reached the League Cup final with all three of his former clubs - Middlesbrough, Aston Villa and Liverpool - and been named Man of the Match in the Reds' 2012 final victory over Cardiff City, he has a lot of time for the competition.

"I'm not sure if I'll be involved at the moment, but I know the manager will want to do well in that competition.

"The squad is obviously not massive so I expect everyone will be involved and the Gaffer might change around a few. For me personally, I just want to keep playing and get as fit as I can and get a good run at it.

"A lot of teams disregard the League Cup a little bit but I always think that if you go strong in it, you've got every chance.

"Certainly at Middlesbrough and Liverpool we had that and I also got to the final with Aston Villa. I think we should just go for it because a few teams do disregard it."

Looking further forward to next Saturday's home Barclays Premier League fixture with Stoke City, Downing believes a victory would be the perfect way to finish the first month of the 2013/14 season.

"We're a little disappointed we didn't get all three points at Newcastle but getting a point is still good.

"If we can win at home next week, that point looks even better. We'll be up for it and Stoke will come and have a go at us, so I'm looking forward to it."

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