Crystal Palace beat Aston Villa 1-0

Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew in action with Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz

Former Aston Villa striker and current Palace front-man Jordan Ayew scored his second goal of the season with 20 minutes remaining, following a defensive mix-up that allowed the Ghanian to jink through and fire past Tom Heaton.

The visitors thought they rescued a late point as substitute Henri Lansbury smashed home but referee Kevin Friend pulled play back and booked Villa captain Jack Grealish for simulation at Selhurst Park.

"The word that keeps cropping up is frustration", he told the club's official website.

"I am still grateful to Ward coming in today having not training all week, being doubtful with his groin strain over whether he could play, and of course we have Van Aanholt playing every game". He does the job we want him to do, tactically, to help get others to take up positions they need to, not just attacking wise, but defensively too. We have watched it back and it just speaks for itself.

'The attitude and industry we showed was different class. "But we can take heart from the performance".

The 27-year old - who signed for the Eagles permanently from Swansea City after spending the previous season in South London on loan - netted his first goal of this campaign, in last weekend's massive 2-1 win away at Manchester United.

"So even if I had a hard year last season, they still trust in me and they signed me this year". I hope it continues.

"We did the basics right and were rewarded at the end".



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