Ayew on Crystal Palace’s defeat against Leicester

Sun 10 April 2022 | 17:57

The Ghanaian player thinks that the Foxes’ performance was not adequate in the first half of the battle against the Eagles which came down to a defeat for his side.

Jordan Ayew

believes that

Crystal Palace

’s 2-1 loss in the clash against

Leicester City

was due to a slow start on Sunday.

The Eagles went to the game with a victory from their last match, a thumping 3-0 win against


, but they fell behind 39 minutes into the game when Ademola Lookman netted for the opposition side, having been teed up by Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.

The Nigeria international then netted another goal a few minutes later before Wilfried Zaha halved their scores from the penalty spot in the second half as Ayew was fouled by Youri Tielemans.

The 30-year-old insisted that Palace came undone following the two goals of the first period.

I feel like we didn’t start the game well. It was all about the start... We paid the price and conceded two goals,”

Ayew told reporters after the game as quoted by the club’s official website.

“In the second-half we were the much better team. We didn’t give up, we pushed, but we didn’t manage to come back which is the most important thing. It’s a wake-up call for us to know the importance for us to have a really good start of the game and to build on that.

“The most important thing is it happened now and not against Chelsea. Now we have one week to prepare for Chelsea and we’ll do the best we can.

“That’s the message from the manager and it was quite simple and short: it’s a good wake-up call and we prepare ourselves for the next game the best we can.”

The Ghana international then admitted that the result was “a wake-up call”,

with the battle against Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals is right around the corner.

It’s a wake-up call, so we need to be consistent and need to work on that. That’s what we’re trying to do; we’ve come out of a very good run and this is a wake-up call,”

Ayew continued.

“The most important thing is it happened today, not next week, so we can build on this and know it’s important to have a good start to the game.”

The ex-Swansea City player also claimed that the penalty was well-deserved and that Zaha was impressive in scoring.

I think I just did a stepover and he [Youri Tielemans] went and put his leg and caught me. It’s as simple as that,”

added Ayew.

source: SportMob

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