Speaking after the 1-0 win over the Magpies, Hodgson discussed another industrious and eye-catching performance from Ayew.
However, Hodgson revealed the club's leading scorer was a bit disappointed at full-time, he said: "He had a wonderful game. 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 anyway 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."
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