Ayew has final say in family affair

24th October 2015

Andre Ayew had the final say in a family affair at Villa Park as the Swans came from behind to beat Aston Villa 2-1.

Brother Jordan may have won round one of the battle of the brothers when the pair last met during an enthralling encounter between Andre's Marseille and Jordan's Lorient (5-3), but the Swansea man ensured he came out on top on this occasion when he hit home an 87th-minute winner.

It was Jordan who struck the first blow this afternoon when he opened the scoring for Villa early on in the second half, before Gylfi Sigurdsson levelled the scores with a stunning free-kick on 67 minutes.

With three minutes left on the clock, Andre then had the last laugh when he prodded home the match winner from Kyle Naughton's pin-point cross.

"It's one-one now, so it's OK," joked Ayew. "We've been in this situation before. 

"Today, he scored just after I had an opportunity that Bafe laid on for me. The keeper made a save, and on the counter attack he (Jordan) scored.

"But I stayed in the game, the guys gave me more confidence and Gylfi scored a great free-kick that got us back into the match.

"I felt that was the real match-winner because if that wasn't on, the game would've been more difficult.

"After the goal, there was more space and we had more room to play, then we got the second goal, so we're really happy."

Typical of his nature, Ayew was keen to shift the focus towards his team-mates, hailing their display of "fighting spirit" to come from behind to secure an important three points.

"It's about the points, but it was the perfect game when you look at the mentality and the fighting spirit," added the Ghana international, who has now scored five goals in ten Premier League appearances.

"Sometimes you might not always play at your best, but if you show that fighting spirit you can always get victories.

"It showed a lot of mental strength - of unity and of character. We need to keep that.

"We have great players in this squad; we just have to stay humble and keep fighting.

"If we keep fighting and showing what we can do, I think we will get back to winning ways - like we did today.

"It's been a difficult situation for us during the past four or five games, but we got this victory away from home, which is our first of the season. We hope to build on this."