West Ham are struggling this season, but David Moyes’ men have performed well in the Europa Conference League to keep themselves unbeaten so far in the tournament.
On Thursday, West Ham drew 1-1 against Belgian side Gent in the quarter-final first leg away from home, despite going ahead with a strike from Danny Ings in the first half.
Downes stated that the Belgian outfit performed well but admitted that the Hammers did not perform to their level on Thursday.
The 24-year-old midfielder also stated that West Ham were indecisive with the ball and stressed that they will need to work on several issues before their next encounter at home against Gent.
“We didn’t lose, so we’ve got to look at the positives, especially when you come back from home”, Downes told West Ham United’s official site.
“They’re a good team that play good football, as we saw tonight but, like I said, we didn’t play our best but we got a draw so we’ll take it back to London Stadium.
“I think they set up really well, to be fair to them.
“They were very aggressive and when they got the ball, they kept it.
“We didn’t, it’s as simple as that really.
“We got the ball and we didn’t know what to do with it, which isn’t ideal, but we go back to the drawing board, go back home now and get back to work and look forward to next week.”
West Ham will face league leaders Arsenal at the weekend before their reverse fixture against Gent next Thursday.