Very few Palace fans will be keen to look back on our home defeat to Tottenham in any great detail but having lost the game thanks to one moment of defensive madness, I intend to highlight the incident in the hope of never again seeing it repeated by someone in red and blue.
For the most part, Roy Hodgson’s players were mightily impressive against Spurs, limiting Mauricio Pochettino’s men to two shots on target over the course of 90 minutes whilst grafting, albeit without anything to show for their efforts, from the opening kick until the final whistle.
Playing without the talismanic presence of Wilfried Zaha, there was still plenty of endeavour throughout the Palace XI but with Jordan Ayew deployed as a lone striker yet again, it’s no exaggeration to say that Palace looked toothless in the final third for the most part. Yes, the Ghanaian put himself about at the head of the side but in terms of goalscoring threat, he offered next to nothing.
Sadly for the on-loan Swansea man, his hard luck story in front of goal wouldn’t be what defined his day, thanks to an inexplicable moment of stupidity whilst stationed on the post for what would prove to be Tottenham’s winner. With the ball hoiked in towards goal, Ayew was presented the opportunity to attack it with his head and clear to safety but instead, he stood frozen in time, allowing youngster Juan Foyth to seize the initiative and launch himself towards it.
The flat-footed response was likely a simple if gigantic brain fart but at this level, with so much on the line and a run of form as dire as ours of late, we just can’t have individuals failing to put their bodies on the line so openly. His teammates wasted no time in expressing their frustration but once the moment had passed, there was little Ayew on the rest of the side could do.
Unsurprisingly, Jermaine Jenas and Sam Allardyce were scathing in the BT Sport studio, with the mistake calling Ayew’s continued selection into doubt following the current international break. We don’t ask for the world from our players in SE25 but a base expectation is that they are fully committed to the cause whenever they cross the white line. Unfortunately, Jordan Ayew hasn’t fulfilled that obligation since making the switch from Swansea.