Jordan Ayew nets twice as Palace win big at Leeds

Ghana striker Jordan Ayew was at the double as Crystal Palace recorded an impressive five-goal turnaround away to Leeds United in the Premier League on Sunday.

It was a Michael Olise-masterminded win as the Nigerian-born bagged three assists as the Eagles claimed a second successive Premier League win under returnee manager Roy Hodgson.

Leeds dominated the early stages and tested goalkeeper Sam Johnstone several times before Patrick Bamford broke the deadlock after 21 minutes with a well-directed header from a corner, his 50th goal for the club.

But Johnstone kept Palace in the game with a string of saves and the visitors made them pay, equalising on the stroke of halftime from a set-piece when Marc Guehi scored from close range.

Olise took over in the second half to leave Leeds shellshocked and inspire Palace to some sumptuous football.

Jordan Ayew gave Palace the lead eight minutes after the restart after fine work from 21-year-old Olise, who floated in a cross that was headed home by the Ghanaian forward.

Leeds were not allowed to recover and less than three minutes later, Palace pinched the ball back near the halfway line and Olise turned provider again when he spotted Eze’s run, slipping the ball through for a neat finish.

Palace then silenced a stunned Elland Road crowd with a devastating counter-attack and Odsonne Edouard fired low into the bottom corner for his first league goal since October as Olise grabbed his third assist in 16 minutes.

Ayew scored his second when a blocked shot fell kindly to the unmarked forward who fired the ball home with no one but the keeper to beat.

Victory moves Crystal Palace up to 12th in the standings and six points clear of the relegation zone while Leeds are 16th – two points above the drop.

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