Jordan Ayew receives praise from manager Roy Hodgson after scoring first Crystal Palace goal yew for debut Crystal Palace goal

Published on: 03 January 2019

Ghana striker Jordan Ayew has received praise from his Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson after scoring his first goal for the side.

Jordan was on target for Palace in their 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in an English Premier League game on Wednesday.

He has obviously started 2019 on a good note and will be hoping to build on this going forward.

Manager Roy Hodgson praised the Swansea City on loan player and wants him to build on this going forward.

"When you are a forward, you do need goals, and he [Ayew] has had to wait for that," Hodgson said at the post-match conference.

"If anyone deserved that goal tonight, it was him. He worked hard and defended well.

"He has done a lot of good work, and he did a lot of good work tonight before the goal.

"I thought his defending and his stretching of the defence, and his hold up play when we got the ball up to him, all of those things were good."

Ayew, an unused substitute for Palace's last two games, could not have waited any longer for his maiden goal considering the club's ambition to sign a new centre-forward owing to the poor form of their current options.

"To be fair, we have had difficult games. The games against Manchester City and Chelsea, you sometimes modify your line-up, or system at times," Hodgson added.

"We stick to the same principles, but we are lucky enough to have that flexibility to sometimes play with one, two or three up front, like we did today.

"Occasionally, he [Ayew] gets sacrificed in those moments when I decide it will be Wilf [Wilfred Zaha] and Andros [Townsend] up the front, but it was good to bring him back in the team tonight and it was good to see Wilf and Andros do so well in the wide positions."

To shed light on Palace's current centre-forward predicament, injured Belgium centre-forward Christian Benteke, Norway forward Alexander Sorloth and Englishman Connor Wickham are all yet to score a Premier League goal this season.