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West Ham scorer rues unlucky season

PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 May 2017

West Ham United's Andre Ayew scores his sides second goal during the Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley.

West Ham United's Andre Ayew scores his sides second goal during the Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley.

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Hammers’ record signing finishes campaign with winning goal

West Ham United's Andre Ayew is congratulated on scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley.West Ham United's Andre Ayew is congratulated on scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley.

West Ham attacker Andre Ayew has had the sort of season that has epitomised the club’s fortunes this season.

Injured within 20 minutes of his debut at champions to be Chelsea, he struggled to get back and when he eventually did, he was then off to the Africa Cup of Nations.

He played in all five of those consecutive defeats in March and April and though he did manage to score goals, his up and down displays mirrored that of the team.

And so it must have been a great relief for the 27-year-old Ghana international when he nodded in the winner at Burnley to bring an end to what has been a roller-coaster campaign for him and West Ham.

Burnley's Kevin Long battles with West Ham United's Andre Ayew during the Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley.Burnley's Kevin Long battles with West Ham United's Andre Ayew during the Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley.

“Overall the season has been difficult, but we were just a point away from eighth spot,” said the club record signing.

“We are happy with this three points and to finish on a good note. The whole season has been difficult so we’re happy to end like this.”

Ayew finished with six goals overall, half of what he managed at Swansea City last season, but as the season wore on, he showed his ability to steal into the box unnoticed.

Sunday’s winner against Burnley typified that as he latched on to Tom Heaton’s push on to the crossbar to nod home from close range.

“My goal for sure was right place, right time. I had a similar opportunity at Stoke and missed it, so I am happy to score,” he said.

“I think this year we have been unlucky with injuries and we didn’t start the season well. We had the Europa League also, and we didn’t manage to qualify, but after the start we had, we got to a point where we managed to turn things around, so it’s been a good end.”

It certainly has and Ayew will be looking for a much better campaign in August.

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