Danny Blind???s stoppage-time equaliser earned United a share of the spoils at Upton Park as West Ham missed the chance to move ahead of Liverpool following their Merseyside derby draw at Everton.
???We needed the win to go back above Liverpool, but we didn’t lose the game and got a point, so we can go to Southampton and look to win,” Downing said.
“We’re frustrated because we thought we were the better team. They played a lot more direct than I thought they would, but we dealt with it and it’s the only real chance they’ve had.”
Left-back Aaron Cresswell praised midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate who was deployed in defence against United and scored a superb volley to put the Hammers in front.
“I don’t think he quite knew what he was doing,” Cresswell joked. “It was a great finish. He has come into centre-half and he did an excellent job and deserved man of the match.
“We are still full of confidence and we know we deserved the full three points over the 90 minutes and it was not to be,” Cresswell added.
“We are full of confidence for Southampton on Wednesday and we are looking forward to it.”