Ghanaian player Jordan Ayew has dedicated what is his first goal in the space of 403 days to his family, his manager Patrick Vieira, and fans for their love and support.
The 30-year-old attacker, whose goal was the reason Crystal Palace retained a point in the home fixture against Southampton, said he knew that his goal would eventually come.
Jordan Ayew latched on to the ball that was lost in an angle that was tight on the right-hand part of the field in the 65th minute to score for Crystal Palace, making them draw level to a score of 2:2.
“It’s a relief I think. 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,” Jordan told the BBC post-match.
Jordan, who was man of the match, battled the strong Ghanaian player, Mohammed Salisu at the heart of the Southampton defense, he reserved special praise for his coach Patrick Vieira.
“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,” he noted.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) December 15, 2021
Speaking about his goal, Ayew said he attributed his 43-game goal drought to unfortunate luck, and said that luck was on his side this time around.
“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,” he stated.
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— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) December 16, 2021