STEWART DOWNING insisted a point was scant reward for Liverpool’s performance in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa at Anfield.
The Reds missed a host of chances and struck the woodwork four times before Luis Suarez finally cancelled out Chris Herd’s opener.
Kenny Dalglish’s side also had three penalty appeals turned down by referee Michael Oliver.
“I thought we deserved to win,” Downing said.
“We created a lot of chances but we didn’t finish them off.
“They took the lead and made it difficult for us. They were probably delighted with the draw but we’ve stopped the losing run so that’s a positive.
“Villa defended very well but we dominated the second half and created a lot of chances. But we were disappointed we didn’t start the game well enough. Villa took the lead and that gave them confidence.
“We’ve got to keep getting people in the box and keep creating chances and hopefully it will turn for us.
“It’s frustrating but it’s good we got the draw because it looked as though we might lose the game at one point.
“It didn’t look like it was going to be our day again but credit to the lads, they kept going, the fans stayed with us and we got a draw.”
Liverpool travel to relegation threatened Blackburn Rovers tomorrow night with Downing targeting maximum points to ensure they go into Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final with Everton at Wembley on a high.
“It has to be a case of picking up where we left off,” he added.
“We have to keep drumming the same message into ourselves – keep being positive, keep creating chances and it will fall for us in the end.
“Obviously you can’t keep going on a run like this where we keep missing chances. It will turn and hopefully at Blackburn we will get three points.
“It would be nice to get a win before the semi-final. Form goes out of the window for a semi-final, but I still think you need to go into it with a bit of form and players who are playing with good confidence.
“We’ve got a big game to prepare for it and it’s a big week for the club.”