We have to ease the pressure on Zaha- Jordan Ayew

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Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew has encouraged his teammates to fight harder when Wilfried Zaha is not playing.

Zaha has been outstanding for the side this season and the club have struggled to play well without him. He has netted nine Premier League goals and assisted another two strikes in 19 appearances.

Palace have recorded 18 losses in 20 games without Zaha which includes the 3-0 defeat to Burnley last weekend. The difference is very visible when the Ivorian winger is not in the team, something which is very worrying for Roy Hodgson’s side as the season approaches a very important phase.

Speaking to the media after the 3-0 defeat at Selhurst Park, Ayew stressed the need for the team to do better without the former Manchester United attacker who has been out through injury for the past couple of games.

“Wilf is a big player for the team. He is a big miss for us but we have other good qualities in the team and we have to be ourselves.

“We have to fight and we have to try and ease the pressure on Wilf as well and try to do the best we can to get points. Hopefully, we start this on Monday.”

The forward has scored just one goal in 20 league appearances this season. Hodgson has been rotating Ayew, Michy Batshuayi and Christian Benteke up front for the past three games and Palace has lost two out of the three.

As things stand, Palace are clear of relegation, but they need more good results to pull away from the struggling pack At the bottom of the table. The London club currently sits in 14th spot on the standings with 29 points from 24 games.

They travel to Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday as they look to get back to winning ways. A lose against Brighton will see them drop further down the table which would raise Alarm for Hodgson.

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