Jordan Ayew may have left the field disappointed in Crystal Palace’s 1-0 win over Newcastle United but the Eagles faithful had nothing but praise for their forward.

Patrick van Aanholt’s sublime free-kick shortly before the break was enough for Roy Hodgson’s side to end a four game losing run and send them towards league safety against a poor Toon outfit.

The Ghanaian lined up alongside Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha in the Palace attack and was the pick of the bunch.

With five of his seven efforts on target, Ayew admitted his disappointment in not getting on the scoresheet, but his manager was full of praise for the clubs leading scorer.

"He [Ayew] had a wonderful game,” he said.

“He comes off a little bit disappointed. He wants to score goals.

"He knows that if he is ever going to be regarded as a top, top striker people are going to look at his goalscoring record.

"We’ve got to make sure we don’t allow that type of thing to get him down in any way because what he is doing for the team is immeasurable, really.

"But it would’ve been nice if he had capped that performance with a goal or maybe two goals, and then I think he would be bouncing around even more than I’m sure he is at the moment because he’s a team player and he knows how much this victory meant to us as a team."

The Palace fans were also equally thrilled with his display.