Ageless Jordan Ayew inspires Crystal Palace to win over Burnley

Crystal Palace helped to convincing victory against Burnley by the ageless Jordan Ayew as the Ghanaian inspires Roy Hodgson’s side to three points on his 250th Premier League appearance

  • Crystal Palace sealed an impressive 2-0 away victory over Burnley on Saturday
  • The experienced Jordan Ayew marked his 250th Premier League appearance
  • Big debates on Man United, Chelsea and Arsenal on It’s All Kicking Off podcast

When billions are spent by Premier League clubs, the £2.5million paid by Crystal Palace for Jordan Ayew in 2019 looks one of the great bargains of our time.

Ayew celebrated his 250th Premier League game and a new deal with a terrific assist as Roy Hodgson, 76, presided over another tactical masterclass.

The Ghanaian embodies the efficient and unfussy way Palace do things. This fourth clean sheet in six has put them comfortably mid-table.

‘I didn’t play much in my first season. I didn’t think I’d be here too long. It shows you can’t predict things in life,’ said 32-year-old Ayew. ‘Roy has been fantastic for Palace. He blends the best qualities of an old and a young manager.’

How Burnley would enjoy such ‘dull’ stability. Once Ayew set up Jeffrey Schlupp’s opener, Vincent Kompany’s men looked doomed to become the first side to lose their first six at home in a top-flight season.

The hosts were then caught by a sucker punch in stoppage time as Tyrick Mitchell rolled in to leave the Clarets joint-bottom.

Jordan Ayew (right) made his 250th Premier League appearance in Palace’s win over Burnley

Palace manager Roy Hodgson guided his side to an impressive victory over Burnley


Burnley (4-2-3-1): Trafford 6; Vitinho 5.5, O’Shea 6, Beyer 5 (Tresor 86min), Taylor 6.5; Brownhill 6, Gudmundsson 6.5 (Larsen 90); Koleosho 7 (Odobert 78), Berge 6, Rodriguez 6.5; Amdouni 6.5 (Redmond 78). 

Manager: Vincent Kompany 6.

Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1): Johnstone 7.5: Ward 6.5 (Clyne 70 6), Guehi 7, Andersen 8, Mitchell 7; Lerma 6, Doucoure 6 (Eze 58 7); Ayew 7.5, Hughes 6, Schlupp 7 (Ahamada 70 6); Edouard 5.5 (Richards 86)                                            Scorers: Schlupp 22, Mitchell 90+4.

Booked: Guehi, Edouard, Ayew, Lerma, Andersen. Manager: Roy Hodgson 7.

Referee: Peter Bankes 6. Att: Not provided.

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