Stewart Downing says there are positives to take from Sunday afternoon's draw with Swansea City and is confident that Boro can take wins from this week's upcoming games.

Steve Agnew's side defended well and kept the home side at bay for large periods, and had a big chance to snatch the game when Rudy Gestede hit the side netting with a header from close-range.

"Obviously Rudy is a threat and a big one in those situations," said Downing.  "I was up, I had my hands in the air - I thought he'd scored, but the defender was making things difficult for him. 

"There are a lot of pleasing things to take. We're creating chances but just need to be more clinical. 

"It was a difficult game. They have good players so we had to defend well at times but a point is better than nothing. 

"We go to Hull and then have Burnley at the weekend. If you win those games then it looks a lot better. We need wins as quickly as possible but a point is better than nothing."

Crystal Palace produced the weekend's shock result, beating runaway league leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

But Downing insists that Boro will continue to focus on their own results and no others at the bottom of the Premier League as the season run-in approaches. 

"The Palace result was a shock but I've played for Sam [Allardyce] and know what he's about," said Downing when asked if the result affected Boro.

"We played them a few weeks ago and they're difficult to play against. But I'm not too worried about what Crystal Palace do because they could easily lose their next two and it's a different matter. 

"We've just got to focus on ourselves and there's no point in wondering what other teams are going to do. 

"We have to get our points on the board because if they're losing and we don't win then there's no point."