Downing: Returning attackers can boost West Ham

The Hammers recorded their fourth 0-0 draw in 10 Premier League games against Aston Villa but the former Liverpool winger feels that they have deserved more for their play
West Ham winger Stewart Downing is hopeful that his side will soon return to winning ways after back-to-back goalless draws in the Premier League.

Saturday's 0-0 draw with Aston Villa was their fourth such result in 10 league games this season but the ex-Liverpool man believes that the return to fitness of a number of players will boost Sam Allardyce's options and allow the goals to flow.

The London club have kept an impressive six clean sheets this term but have won just once in the Premier League since August, a statistic on which the 29-year-old is desperate to improve.

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"The good thing is we didn't lose the game, we got another point out of it and kept a clean sheet," Downing told reporters of the draw with Villa.

"Carlton Cole is getting fully fit, Joe Cole was back on Saturday ... the bodies are coming back in terms of the attacking players.

"We're defending well and we just need to put the ball in the back of the net.

"We created chances but we didn't have that clinical touch in finishing them. The goals have got to come from around the team and hopefully that'll happen for us next week.

"We'll keep plugging away - we're playing well but not getting the rewards."

West Ham will aim to end a run of three games without a win when they face Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday.