Ghana forward Jordan Ayew is relieved after scoring the first time in his 43 matches as Crystal Palace drew with Southampton in the English Premier League on Wednesday night.
Ayew is chasing an early goal for the year for 16 matches. It finally happened after he scored to draw the score to 2-2 at Selhurst Park against the Saints.
“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.”
The Black Stars forward remains in focus and hopes that his win against Southampton can open the door to more goals to come.
“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,” continued Ayew.
“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.”