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2013-10-07T23:01:00 Updated 2015-02-18T23:48:22

Downing's derby delight

Stewart Downing hailed West Ham United's tactical approach and teamwork following Sunday's storming 3-0 Barclays Premier League victory at Tottenham Hotspur.

The England winger was part of a stunning team performance that saw the Hammers record their first victory at White Hart Lane this century.

Speaking to West Ham TV, Downing said West Ham's victory - courtesy of goals from Winston Reid, Ricardo Vaz Te and Ravel Morrison - was a deserved reward for planning, hard work and no little talent.

"I think we came with a bit of a plan and it worked really well," said the No23, who played as one of two wide attackers in a team that lined-up without a central striker. "With the goals, we could probably have had a few more, while we limited Tottenham to maybe one or two chances.

"It's a good day for us but before we definitely really, really fancied it. With the players we had, we didn't have a target man but the system was flexible. With Vaz and Ravel, they got in higher up and got their goals. I think it worked with the personnel that we had.

"I think we played very well and defended well. We counter-attacked and could have had four or five goals."

A clean sheet paved the way for West Ham's first away victory since March and Downing noted the importance of not conceding an early goal as key to the Hammers' success.

Having played for Liverpool many times at Anfield, he knows first-hand how confident a top side can become on home turf when they take the lead.

"I think you have to start well against these teams," said Downing, who completed 24 of the 25 passes he attempted. "They are sharp and they have players who can spot a pass like Moussa Dembele and Christian Eriksen.

"I've watched these players and we know we had to limit them. We did that and defended really well. As a team we worked hard and we deserved the win."

That deserved win was highlighted by an outstanding individual goal from Morrison - his fourth in eight appearances this season.

The strike, which saw the midfielder race half the length of the pitch before clipping the ball past Hugo Lloris, had Downing purring.

"It was a great goal. He had a great burst and when you're clean through like that it can go either way. I thought he was going to whack it, but it was a great finish.

"That's the way he is - he's a confident lad and has got great ability and if he keeps going the way he is, he's got a great future."

Now, the challenge Downing has laid down for his team-mates is for them to hit the same heights in each and every fixture.

"We just beat a team 3-0 who have spent a lot of money and are arguably aiming for the top four and we deserved the win against a very good team.

"We've just got to play like that every week."

Sunday's victory took West Ham out of the bottom three and up to 13th ahead of the international break - a vital confidence-booster ahead of a two-week hiatus in Barclays Premier League fixtures.

"We've got a lot of experienced players here who have been in those situations before.

"Obviously you've just got to focus and get results and the only way you can get the good press is by winning games and that's what we did on Sunday."

Next up come the visit of Manchester City on Saturday 19 October. Downing, for one, is planning for a repeat performance.

"It will be tough because, like Tottenham, they have got players who can hurt you, but if we keep playing like we did at Tottenham, defend well and score when we get our chances, we can win games."

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