Ayew praises Palace fight
Jordan Ayew says Crystal Palace showed their fighting spirit on Saturday as they claimed a 1-0 win over Aston Villa.
Ayew scored the only goal of the game at Selhurst Park on 73 minutes as Palace claimed a 1-0 win over 10-man Villa, who had Trezeguet dismissed for a second bookable offence early in the second half.
The Selhurst Park club have now managed back-to-back wins, having claimed an impressive 2-1 success at Manchester United in the previous round of fixtures, but Ayew isn’t getting carried away.
The forward believes Palace, who managed one point from their first two games of the season, have shown plenty of fight in the opening fixtures and says the focus is on improving, rather than challenging at the top end of the table.
“The most important thing for me is to work hard and help the team to win,” he said, as reported by London News Online. “Obviously, if I chip in with some goals then that is a positive for me.
“We are not Arsenal or Manchester City where every game you are going to have 10 chances to score, we are fighters. Each year we are just hoping to keep improving slowly.”
Manager Roy Hodgson revealed after the match that he was preparing to take Ayew off just before he scored the only goal of the game.
The Ghanaian was eventually replaced by Christian Benteke with four minutes of normal time remaining and Ayew says he has no problem with being substituted if Hodgson feels it is best for the team.
He added: “We are a team as a squad, and obviously the manager has chosen a shape that is a 4-3-3 where there is only one striker. If I had to come off, I had to come off. The manager knows what is best for the team. I do not have any problem with that.”
The Eagles sit in fourth spot going into the international break with seven points, five adrift of league leaders Liverpool, and the time off has arguably come at the wrong time for Hodgson’s men as they have found some form but Ayew doesn’t see it that way.
“We don’t know if it’s a good time, we will see when we resume whether it is a good time or not,” Ayew added on the timing of the international break. “To those who go away as internationals, I wish them good luck.”
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