Crystal Palace Manager Roy Hodgson loves what Jordan Ayew offered his team in the 2-1 win over Manchester United last weekend.
The Ghanaian striker’s all-round superb performance at the Old Trafford did not happen without any goal. Ayew found Palace’s opener in the 32nd minute and stunned United supporters.
But his coach Hodgson has further revealed that there was a lot more to the performance than all the talk about the goal.
The former England national side coach first explained why and how he took the surprising decision to start with the 27-year-old Ayew ahead of Christian Benteke.
“There was no doubt in my mind I was going to bring him back for this game. Basically, he had a very specific job to do apart from of course being a good center-forward, holding the ball up, beating players when he can and scoring goals,” Hodgson explained via The Evening Standard.
“He had another very important job to do, making certain Paul Pogba couldn’t come deep and spread passes all around the field and he did that exceptionally well too.”
Hodgson went on to say that Ayew deserved to start the preceding game against Sheffield United but was just unlucky.
“I would probably describe his performances as more than decent. I think they’ve been very good. I think he was unlucky to lose his place when I wanted to play two front players against Sheffield United and I chose Wilf to partner Christian Benteke rather than him.”
“I think he was very unfortunate to lose his place and I think he was entitled to say ‘you should have kept me in the team because I played so well against Everton,” added 72-year old manager whose Premier League experience includes Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, and Liverpool.
The Eagles are next in action this evening against lower league side Colchester United in an EFL Cup game.
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