Ayew wondergoal completes Palace comeback v. West Ham
Jordan Ayew’s solo wondergoal won all three points for Crystal Palace in a 2-1 defeat of West Ham United at Selhurst Park on Thursday.
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Robert Snodgrass had put the Irons in front, but former West Ham man Cheikhou Kouyate equalized as all the goals came after halftime.
Palace moves 11th with 24 points, while West Ham slips 17th with 19 points.
Three things we learned
1. Ayew delivers a beautiful winner: The Palace forward joined Wilfried Zaha in being a proper threat, but his winner was all about him. The 28-year-old Ghanian cut toward the 18 and moved free with a spinning turn before using a delightful chip to leave Roberto pawing at air.
2. Pellegrini’s inconsistent Irons put him at risk: Michail Antonio was strong and Sebastien Haller had moments atop the attack, but the Irons attack only managed a pair of shots on target. Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini came off the bench to decent effect, but certainly are nowhere near their top form. Irons boss Manuel Pellegrini must be at wits’ end.
3. Quality, not industry, denies West Ham: The Irons won more challenges -- 28-14 in the air -- and had more tackles, interceptions, and clearances. Some of those are down to Palace’s time with the ball, but it’s worth noting that for as poor as the Irons have been, they have not quit on Pellegrini.
Man of the Match: Ayew was phenomenal. He was everywhere, involved in 22 duels while completing 8 of 9 dribbles and making three key passes. The goal was the moment, of course, but it was the richly-deserved reward for a day worth of work.
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Wilfried Zaha’s marvelous dribble down the left was deserving of an opening assist, but Palace’s right side didn’t run through the six to meet his pass.
Max Meyer found the loose ball and slid an invitation back through the box, but Jordan Ayew’s sliding effort went wide of the goal.
Ayew bossed Cresswell into a turnover but couldn’t rip a shot past Roberto.
The Irons went in front when Antonio created space and slipped through Snodgrass, who had the better of Patrick van Aanholt and swerved home.
Van Aanholt nearly made amends but dragged his effort wide of the far post.
Kouyate equalized against his former club and declined celebration as the Selhurst Park faithful did plenty in his stead. Ayew popped a James McArthur cross onto the path of Kouyate for an unmarked finish.
Roberto denied Connor Wickham on a long solo run toward goal, a heavy touch defying the sub a wonderful moment.
Jaro Riedewald slid to deny Snodgrass’ 87th minute bid for a winner.
Ayew won it late with a classy maneuver into the 18 to dink over a fooled Roberto.