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Jordan Ayew - We're in for a Very Difficult Game

30 January 2019

Having endured a spell in their season whereby goals seemed hard to come by, Crystal Palace have now scored in each of their past five games, with one man, Jordan Ayew, netting twice consecutively to support the cause with a marked impact.

And having scored 10 goals from just four away games, the Eagles will be looking at Southampton tonight - who've conceded 40 league goals so far - as a chance to up their season's tally and earn three crucial points.

Part of the attacking options who will be keen to send the Saints' net rippling will be Ayew, who spoke with Premier League Productions ahead of the clash on the south coast.

Discussing tonight's opponent, Ayew remarked, "Southampton all of a sudden are doing really, really well. But to be honest, it doesn't matter to me. The most important thing is to focus on ourselves and go there for what we know is a very difficult game. We need to go there with confidence in ourselves that we can do something.

"We know their quality, they've got good players and have the momentum at the moment. The season is long but this is still an important game. We all know that every game is important, there are 38 games in the Premier League and 38 games are all important."

With the Saints level on points with Palace, the game certainly is important and Ayew along with his teammates will fully intend on taking three points back to south London later tonight, knowing the significance of the match going forward.

With a look to the future, Ayew said, "The Premier League is so unpredictable and so difficult so every week is a different task. We are fully focussed on Southampton and after that, we'll see what happens next. We always have ambitions and we need to be at our best every weekend. 

"We have been unlucky but we can't keep saying that we've been unlucky. You can't change the past, you can only focus on the future. We need to focus on each game at a time, wherever the big man up there puts us at the end of the season, we'll see."

Impressive wins over recent weeks such as those against Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur will encourage Palace not only tonight, but with whoever they face this season.

Ayew featured in red and blue as Palace beat Spurs under the lights of Selhurst Park, so explained how it felt to experience the Cup victory first-hand on the pitch.

"It was good to win," he reflected. "Especially when we have been putting in great performances even if we've been unlucky. The win against Spurs, even if it's a Cup game, is still a positive thing for the confidence, for the atmosphere; everything's positive so it's a good thing."

Netting the first goal that day was fellow forward Connor Wickham, who made his first first-team start in over two years. Watching from the bench, Ayew knew how important the 25-year-old's goal was both to him and the team as a whole.

He said, "I'm happy for him, he scored on Sunday - it's good for him and good for the competition with us strikers. It's a positive thing for him, for his confidence and for the competition in the club. All of us will have to improve and raise our levels."

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