Dream Swansea City debut for goalscorer Andre Ayew
9th August 2015
Andre Ayew reflected on a dream debut for the Swans after scoring in the thrilling 2-2 draw with defending champions Chelsea in the opening game of the season.
The Ghana international made an instant impression at his new club as he showed his quality in front of goal to cancel out Oscar's opening goal at Stamford Bridge.
Ayew latched onto the loose ball inside the area after Bafe Gomis saw his header kept out by Thibaut Courtois, with the winger showing some neat trickery before finding the corner of the net.
Although Chelsea would regain the lead a minute later, Garry Monk's side earned a point as Gomis levelled from the spot after Courtois was dismissed for bringing down the French striker inside the box in the second half.
And Ayew, whose introduction to English football included a few stitches following an aerial clash with Gary Cahill, was delighted with the display from the Swans.
"They are the champions with a great squad, but we managed to get a great result," said a delighted Ayew.
"I was very happy with my goal, particularly as the squad has really helped me out. Hopefully I will continue working hard to help the team.
"Bafe had a good header saved, and then I had my first shot blocked. But I got up quickly and managed to score with the second shot. It was a really great moment for myself and, more importantly, the team.
"We must keep the spirit we have. We showed a lot of character. This is only the beginning for us."
Despite having a man advantage for over half an hour, Chelsea tested the Swans defence on a few occasions as Jose Mourinho's side pushed for a winner.
The Swans, too, went close as Gomis found the net once more only to see the offside raised.
But Ayew felt a point was a great start to the campaign for the visitors.
"Even though it was ten versus eleven they were still very dangerous. We had to be careful even when we were attacking," said Ayew.
"As they were at home and this is the first game, it was important that we got a point and I think that was the least that our supporters deserved."
He added: "It was my first game in the Premier League and I'm always learning. The intensity is different and I have to work hard to get better and better week-in week-out for the team.
"But my team-mates, the manager and the coaches are all pushing me so that I can do more and more for the team."
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