Jordan Ayew issues rallying cry to Aston Villa teammates

The 24-year-old striker's first Villa goal against Swansea City on Saturday failed to keep manager Tim Sherwood from the sack after his side let a second-half lead slip to lose 2-1.

Jordan Ayew has called on his Aston Villa teammates to “find a solution” after Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Swansea City left the club bottom of the Premier League table and prompted manager Tim Sherwood’s sacking.

Ayew, 24, was speaking to AVTV following the match at Villa Park, having opened the scoring with his first goal for the club in the 62nd-minute after earning a second consecutive start on the right wing.

The former Lorient striker’s diving header from Gabby Agbonlahor's cross failed to prevent his side from falling to a sixth straight league defeat, however, as his older brother Andre would go on to net an 87th-minute winner after Gylfi Sigurdsson had earlier equalised in the 68th-minute with an unstoppable free-kick.

The loss resulted in Sherwood being shown his marching orders after just eight months in charge, but Ayew admits that he and the rest of the first-team players have to be stronger if they are going to turn around their dismal run of form.

“It’s difficult,” he said. “Every week we are playing good football but we are not winning. We have to find a solution. As players we have to be stronger to win games he said. We played well against Swansea but at the end it was zero points.

"We have played against teams who have played no better than us but we haven't been getting the results. We have to continue working hard now to pick up.”

 Vs Swansea GoalsTotal ShotsShots OntargetTotal PassesPassing AccuracyTotal DribblesSuccessful DribblesTouchesDispossessedMins Played
Jordan Ayew 1 3 2 35 86% 4 2 55 1 90

Villa have taken just four points from their first 10 league games and are without a top-flight win since beating Bournemouth 1-0 in their opening match of the season following a significant summer rebuild.

Ayew was one of 12 new players brought in but, after arriving from French club Lorient in July for around £8.5 million, the Ghana international proceeded to endure a slow start to life in the Midlands.

He now seems to be finding his feet after going goalless in his first four starts and three substitute appearances but, despite opening his Villa account against Swansea, the result left him far from satisfied with his performance.

“Honestly, I prefer to win games,” he added. “Whoever scores, I just want to win at the end of the day. Ok, I scored – good, but at the end we got zero points. I’m still not happy. It doesn’t change anything for me.”

Villa now face a trip to Southampton in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, when youth team coach Kevin MacDonald will be in temporary charge as the board continue their search for a new manager for the fifth time in the past six seasons.

Whether Ayew features at St. Mary’s remains to be seen but, with the team drastically lacking firepower, one would expect Sherwood's successor – whoever that might be – to see the former Ligue 1 star as a core part of his plans going forward.

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