Wolves 0-2 Palace

Ayew (83) Milivojevic (90+4 pen)
Wed 2nd January 2019

Jordan Ayew became the first Crystal Palace striker to score from open play in 337 days as the visitors scored twice in the final ten minutes to get 2019 off to a winning start.

The much-maligned Swansea loanee found himself unmarked at the back post when Patrick van Aanholt dragged shot across the goal. Eight yards from goal, Ayew expertly controlled the ball with his first touch before slotting past Rui Patricio with his second. The away end went wild, injuries were sustained as people went tumbling down the walkways, but it was Ayew that was shedding tears on the field as the elation of the moment caught up with him.

Every out-field Palace player mobbed Ayew and it was clear to see that they were all made up for him. Perhaps his time at Palace is just getting started, just when everyone thought that it was over.

Luka Milivojevic put the game to bed with the very last kick of the game with his fifth penalty of the season, but not before Vicente Guaita had been called into action to turn aside a thumping effort from range by Rúben Neves.​

Man of the Match: Mamadou Sakho

A man mountain at the back.

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Roger East

Crystal Palace

Palace Manager: 
Roy Hodgson


Opposition Manager: 
Nuno Espírito Santo