Sports News of Saturday, 24 November 2018
Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew says they are set for the Premier League challenge against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The Eagles have endured a poor start to the campaign as they are yet to record a win in their last five games which includes four defeats.
Ayew, who is yet to break his duck following his loan move from Swansea City in August, has urged his teammates to remain focused in order to ‘get something out’ of the upcoming game.
“The most important thing for us is to focus on ourselves. Any team that comes, we prepare for the challenge. And Saturday will be a big challenge. We’ll try and get something out of that game,” he told his club’s website.
“The Premier League is the best league in the world and every weekend is a tough challenge. We just need to focus on ourselves and try to keep up the performances we’ve been putting in over the past few games.
“We are working hard in training, doing our best to improve on all aspects. It’s still early in the season so the most important thing for us is to keep focussed, continue working hard and we’ll see what happens in May. But we have great players and quality staff as well.
“It’s a good opportunity for us and a good challenge,” he added.
Ayew also admitted his happiness as his brace last weekend against Ethiopia in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifers brought Ghana close to booking their place in the finals.
“It was my comeback because I haven’t been in the team for a year so I was pleased to go back and make the nation proud. The most important thing for us [Ghana] was to qualify for Afcon and I think we’re almost there. That’s a positive and I’m happy to have scored two goals. I’ll keep working and working and luckily I scored on the internationals so hopefully that continues.”
“I believe in myself and have support from the club, players and gaffer as well. The most important thing for me is to keep working hard and, hopefully, the goals will come. I know I’ll score so I’m not worried at all.
“I work hard and my performances have been good but I have not been decisive and they [the club] brought me here to score. I’ll keep working and I know I need to score goals and make things happen.”