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Ayew reflects on draw the 'felt like defeat'

Filed: Monday, 30th October 2017
By: Staff Writer

Andre Ayew says that Crystal Palace's last-gasp equaliser at Selhurst Park was a real kick in the teeth.

Ayew was involved in the build-up to Javier Hernandez's opener before scoring a schorcher from distance to put West Ham into what should have been an unassailable position.

However a penalty five minutes into the second half followed by Wilfried Zaha's 97th-minute leveller denied West Ham all three points - much to the chagrin of the in-form Ghanaian forward.

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"It felt like a defeat," he told the club's website. "We’re disappointed. It was a tough game, and it’s always difficult to hold on to the end when you come out after half-time and concede a goal inside the first five minutes.

“They had opportunities, but we’re disappointed that it ended 2-2. We didn’t hold the ball as well as we did in the first half and that put our defenders under pressure the whole time. We’ll learn from that.

"The response to [the 3-0 home defeat against] Brighton has been not bad, because of the victory we had at Wembley - but we should have left Crystal Palace with three points and had two wins in a row."

Meanwhile Joe Hart, who had his best game for West Ham since joining the club on a season-long loan echoed Ayew's disappointed, calling his team mates unprofessional.

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"I can’t believe we’ve done that," he said. "I can’t believe we’ve fought all the way to the end and then been so unprofessional. It’s a little bit speechless in the dressing room.

"No one does things on purpose in this team but it’s two points dropped – as simple as that. I hadn’t switched off but it was a good finish by Zaha, through my legs, and I’m bitterly disappointed.

"Palace fought well and we’re disappointed. But we’ve got to learn from it."

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