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2021-22 English Premier League
  • Wilfried Zaha (2')
  • Jordan Ayew (65')
  • James Ward-Prowse (32')
  • Armando Broja (36')

Crystal Palace hold Southampton to draw with Jordan Ayew strike

Tino Livramento of Southampton advances the ball during their Premier League match against Crystal Palace. Getty Images

Crystal Palace forward Jordan Ayew scored his first goal for the club in 13 months as they secured a 2-2 home draw with Southampton in the Premier League on Wednesday.

The Ghana international netted from close range in the 65th minute after quickfire goals from James Ward-Prowse and Armando Broja had cancelled out Wilfried Zaha's early opener for Palace in a pulsating first half.

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Zaha struck in the second minute when he cut inside and fired a low shot past two defenders inside the near post, with Palace missing several chances to double their lead before Ward-Prowse levelled with a 32nd-minute free kick.

With the home side reeling, Albania striker Broja turned the tide in the 36th minute when he took the ball in his stride and drilled a low shot from 20 metres into the bottom right corner.

Visiting goalkeeper Willy Caballero denied Odsonne Edouard with a double save in the 58th minute and also deflected away the striker's shot seven minutes later but Ayew was perfectly placed to sweep in the rebound from a tight angle.

The result lifted Palace two places up to 11th on 20 points from 17 games while Southampton stayed 15th on 17 points, six above the bottom three although 18th-placed Burnley have two games in hand.

Ward-Prowse had mixed feelings about the outcome after the Saints faded away in the second half.

"I don't think we started the game very well but got back into it, a scrappy goal we conceded ultimately cost us all three points," he said.

The Southampton captain curled in a delightful effort from 25 metres with home goalkeeper Jack Butland unable to keep it out although he got his fingertips to the ball.

With the home side reeling, Albania striker Broja turned the tide in the 36th minute when he took the ball in his stride and drilled a low shot from 20 metres into the bottom right corner.

Neither side were able to find a breakthrough in the closing stages, with Palace looking the more likely to score with several raids down the right flank.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 37 +72 90
2 Liverpool 37 +66 89
3 Chelsea 37 +42 71
4 Tottenham Hotspur 37 +24 68
5 Arsenal 37 +9 66
6 Manchester United 37 +1 58
7 West Ham United 37 +11 56
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 37 -3 51
9 Leicester City 37 0 49
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 37 -4 48
11 Brentford 37 -7 46
12 Newcastle United 37 -19 46
13 Crystal Palace 37 +3 45
14 Aston Villa 37 -1 45
15 Southampton 37 -21 40
16 Everton 37 -19 39
17 Burnley 37 -18 35
18 Leeds United 37 -38 35
19 Watford 37 -42 23
20 Norwich City 37 -56 22