Crystal Palace were held to a disappointing draw by fierce rivals Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday evening thanks to a last-minute strike from Neal Maupay.
The Eagles were seemingly heading to a 1-0 victory at Selhurst Park after an entertaining encounter, but Vicente Guaita’s poor goal kick fell straight to Joel Veltman on the halfway line. The Brighton defender then hit an instant long pass into the path of Maupay, who lobbed Guaita from the edge of the box.
It sparked a fiery ending to proceedings in south London, with emotions boiling over both on and off the pitch, but it could have been a very different story had Palace taken their chances earlier in the game.
Wilfried Zaha had looked set to be the match-winner when he scored a penalty in stoppage time at the end of the first half following a Leandro Trossard foul on Conor Gallagher.
However, Palace were ultimately punished for not increasing their advantage, and one player was perhaps more guilty than most for letting inviting openings go to waste.
Versatile forward Jordan Ayew missed a glorious opportunity to put the home side 2-0 in the second half, slotting to ball wide of Robert Sanchez’s post following a swift breakaway involving Gallagher and Christian Benteke.
It means the 30-year-old still hasn’t bagged in the Premier League since November, extending an increasingly worrying run in front of goal.
As per SofaScore, Ayew received a match rating of just 6.3 out of 10 for his exploits on Monday, the second-lowest total of anyone on the pitch, and when looking at his underlying numbers, it’s easy to understand why.
The Ghana international failed to have a single shot on target before he was substituted in the 86th minute; he was also unable to complete a dribble and won just three of his 10 duels, highlighting his ineffective display for the capital club.
Ayew also only had 52 touches and lost possession eight times as he struggled to make his mark on the game while also struggling to cope defensively as Brighton’s impressive wing-back Marc Cucurella constantly bombed past him on the flanks.
It was another disappointing display for the former Marseille academy graduate, and manager Patrick Vieira should be running out of patience with his below-par attacker.