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West Ham’s Andre the giant slays the Spurs superstars in comic strip comeback

PUBLISHED: 15:00 26 October 2017 | UPDATED: 15:03 26 October 2017

West Ham United's Andre Ayew (centre) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Carabao Cup, Fourth Round match at Wembley, London.

West Ham United's Andre Ayew (centre) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Carabao Cup, Fourth Round match at Wembley, London.

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Ghana international was the key to a remarkable night at Wembley Stadium

West Ham United's Andre Ayew celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Carabao Cup, Fourth Round match at Wembley, London.West Ham United's Andre Ayew celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Carabao Cup, Fourth Round match at Wembley, London.

There used to be a comic strip called ‘Billy’s Boots’. He would be terrible when he was wearing new boots, but when he went back to his old magical ones, usually in the second half, he would turn into a match-winner.

Step forward Andre Ayew. In the first half against Spurs he was dreadful, constantly losing the ball, but after the break, it was like a different player out there.

He was like a man possessed as soon as he had reacted first to Edimilson Fernandes’ shot being parried into his path to throw West Ham a lifeline.

He sprinted all over the field like a over-enthusiastic schoolboy, but most important of all, he got into the box and that is where he scores his goals.

West Ham United's Andre Ayew (centre) scores his side's second goal of the game during the Carabao Cup, Fourth Round match at Wembley, London.West Ham United's Andre Ayew (centre) scores his side's second goal of the game during the Carabao Cup, Fourth Round match at Wembley, London.

He went close again with a header and then Andy Carroll nodded down to Manuel Lanzini who got to the by-line and pulled the ball back for Ayew to finish with style and make it 2-2.

The Ghana international was keeping his feet firmly on the ground after the match ended 3-2 to the Hammers.

“I think it wasn’t the best in the first half, but I think we were in the game despite conceding two goals,” said the 27-year-old.

“At half time the gaffer said what he had to say and we tried to follow his words and score an early goal in the second half.

Billy's Boots comic stripBilly's Boots comic strip

“We know that with a goal, everything can change.”

He’s not wrong. A Tottenham side who were so embarrassingly dominant in the first half, took their foot off the gas and as West Ham’s fight back moved into top gear, they were still in neutral.

“This was a really good win,” he said with understatement. “It was Tottenham, it was Wembley and we were 2-0 down so it was great for the fans.”

It certainly was and after the misery of that defeat to Brighton last Friday, it showed that the team still back their manager.

“It has not been easy in the camp,” he admitted. “But we have a lot of quality players.

“We have had a tough time, but if we can stick together then I think we can come out of it.

“I think at a club like West Ham, results are vital. The manager is always under pressure and so are the players.

“We just have to work hard and the manager knows that we are all behind him.”

So will Ayew start at Crystal Palace? It all depends on whether he brings those magic second half boots!


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