Jordan Ayew was voted as Crystal Palace’s Man of the Match for his point-earning goal against Southampton on Wednesday night.
The forward put in a shift all game, and when an Odsonne Edouard shot span loose in the box, he received his reward by striking home from a very tight angle to earn Palace a draw.
After the game, manager Patrick Vieira praised Ayew, saying: “He’s massively important… The message has been clear with Jordan: I want him to keep playing the way he’s played lately. His work ethic is what we need and want and he got rewarded by what he’s doing on the field. I’m really happy he scored that goal.”
The Black Stars attacker was voted as Man of the Match by Palace fans with 44.1% of the total, beating Will Hughes (24.4%) and Wilfried Zaha (12.4%) to the award.
Speaking after the game Ayew said: “I knew it [scoring] 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.”