Ayew and Co. charged to relieve Zaha of Crystal Palace goalscoring burden

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The Cote d'Ivoire international has got three of the Eagles’ four goals in the league this term and the gaffer wants more from the other attackers

Ahead of Monday night outing against Bournemouth, Roy Hodgson has charged his other attacking options, including summer recruit Jordan Ayew to ease Crystal Palace’s goalscoring burden on Wilfried Zaha.

As regards the Eagles’ output in the final third, the forward has had to shoulder the ‘lion’s share’, scoring three of their four goals in the Premier League.

With the misfiring Christian Benteke out, Ayew - yet to open his account since his deadline day loan move from Swansea City - is set for another start against the Cherries.

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Winger Andros Townsend is another player the former England coach will be looking forward to after his midweek heroics against West Bromwich Albion in the League Cup where he grabbed a brace.

And with Palace not lacking in chances created, Hodgson has urged his out-of-sorts attackers to be persistent in their approach.

"Wilf's got the lion's share because we haven't scored many,” Hodgson said.

"But we have created many chances. So it forces one to consistently look back to the misses and the missed opportunities because in the bulk of the games we have played, we had that many chances. It's harrowing to come off the field at 0-0 when you have seen that many chances.

"I believe as long as you are creating those chances and you are getting in those positions the goals will come.

"What you do is make certain the players believe in themselves, they keep working at their game, and they share your belief that if you keep doing this then we will score goals."

 

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