Jordan Ayew feels ‘relief’ after ending goal drought for Crystal Palace
Ghana striker, Jordan Ayew has spoken of the ‘relief’ he felt at ending his 43-game scoring drought for Crystal Palace in their 2-2 draw against Southampton in the English Premier League on Wednesday.
Ayew’s last goal for club or country came in a 4-1 win against Leeds in November last year as he slotted home from a tight angle in the 65th minute at Selhurst Park.
The result sees Crystal Palace leapfrog Brighton and Brentford into 11th place with 20 points.
Speaking after the game, the 30-year-old said he was pleased to score for others, but particularly for Patrick Vieira.
“It’s a relief I think,” he told the BBC post-match. “I knew it would come at some point because I’ve been working really hard for [a long] time. I was happy for myself personally – for my confidence it is important – for my family, friends, people who have been supportive, and especially the manager, who has been really supportive.
“Since the first day the manager came in he told me he has big faith in me and belief in me and I should keep on working hard and it will come. It may take long but at some point it will pay off and today it paid off. We’re all glad… Today there were negatives and positives but I think it was a good result.”
“Sometimes in football I’ve been really, really unlucky and think today luck was on my side. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t work. It’s just football. I control what I can control and the things I can’t control I don’t focus on. I just focus on what I can control. Today it went my way,” Ayew added.
“I hope [I continue to score], I hope so. But the most important thing for me is to make sure I work hard for the team.”
“I don’t know the reason why we played really, really well and at some points we just stopped playing. Sometimes we were sucking in the pressure and conceded two goals in five minutes.
“In the dressing room we made some corrections and went back for the second half with a bit more desire, more high up the pitch and that allowed us an equaliser.”