BY ANDREW McSTEEN
With his seventh strike of the season, Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew secured all three points for the Eagles away at Brighton in the early kick-off today.
The 70th-minute finish ensured a 1-0 victory which put his side up to 12th in the Premier League, on 36 points, ahead of the remaining Premier League fixtures this weekend.
“It’s a huge goal because we wanted to win this game to get up 36 points which means we are not far from our [overall] target,” said the Ghana striker to BT Sport after the match.
“You have to congratulate the boys because Brighton gave us a good test but, overall, we deserved the win.”
In blustery conditions, Palace rode their luck at times, but in a match which Eagles’ captain Gary Cahill called “ugly”, Roy Hodgson’s men prevailed with Ayew on the end of a Christian Benteke pass, as the Belgian striker slotted his team-mate in, who finished coolly.
“We (Ayew and Benteke) worked hard for the team – we are team players,” said Ayew. “At the moment things are going our way, in our favour, and the strikers are doing a good job.
“We just need to keep doing what we’re doing and hopefully we will get a lot more goals before the end of the season.”
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