Magical few days for Ayew
1st May 2016
Andre Ayew saluted a "magical few days" after he celebrated the birth of his second child with a two-goal man-of-the-match display in the 3-1 win over Liverpool.
The Ghanaian led the line for Francesco Guidolin's side, just two days after being at the birth of his second child - baby girl Maha - in Paris on Friday night.
And he marked the birth by opening the scoring at the Liberty, with his powerful header from Gylfi Sigurdsson's corner putting the hosts ahead after 20 minutes.
Ayew then rounded off the victory by firing home from close range to seal a pleasing 3-1 win.
And the 26-year-old was delighted to celebrate the latest arrival to the Ayew family with a man-of-the-match performance.
"It has been a magical few days," said Ayew. "The manager has a lot of confidence in me. He gave me a day off to go back for the birth, and I did my best for the squad and to repay him.
"I'm very happy now we are mathematically safe. I'm happy for the squad because we've had a quite difficult season this year.
"Liverpool have great players who want to win the Europa League, so it's a good result for us and our fans.
"Now we have two games left, and we want to finish well."
Ayew, who joined in the summer from French club Marseilles, took his tally to ten goals in 32 league games with his first brace in the Premier League.
And he dedicated his latest goals - and overall tally - to former manager Garry Monk.
He added: "I want to dedicate my goals to Garry Monk.
"When I signed here he wanted me to get ten goals before the end of the season.
"He is no longer the gaffer, but I have a big thought for him because he brought me here.
"It's not a bad tally for a first season. I know I can do better and I'll continue to work hard for the squad and hopefully I'll get more assists and goals."
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