Stewart Downing is satisfied with Middlesbrough's start to the season and is confident they can avoid the drop.

Downing confident on survival bid

Downing confident on survival bid

Boro ended a three-game losing run with a draw against West Ham prior to the international break and they currently sit in 16th place in the Premier League table.

Downing feels some of his team-mates are still getting used to the demands of the top flight but he is upbeat on their chances of avoiding an immediate return to the Championship.

"The start has been okay," he told Sky Sports. "We have had a lot of good performances, some we can do better from and get better results, but it's a difficult league and players are still settling in and getting used to it. We are still in a decent enough position.

"The players are thriving, we have lost some games but we have held our own. There will be many more tests to come but if we perform like I know we can then we will be fine."