Ayew in a solo effort dazzled about four West Ham United players, before dinking the ball over the onrushing Roberto to give Crystal Palace all the three points at home.
Watch Jordan Ayew's solo goal against West Ham United
Ghanaian striker Jordan Ayew continued his sensational form at Crystal Palace when he provided an assist and crowned the day with a late-minute winner as his outfit defeated West Ham United.
The stunning winner sent injury-ravaged Palace into the top half and condemned West Ham to more staring over their shoulder.
They are now just one point off the drop zone. Here, at least, there was no shortage of fight from Manuel Pellegrini's side.
Ayew and Luka Milivojevic had both gone close before Snodgrass' curled the opener inside the far post against the run of play.
The Ghanaian striker also set-up Cheikhou Kouyate with a knock-down for Palace's equaliser, as the midfielder swept home a volley from seven yards to cancel out Robert Snodgrass' opener.
Pellegrini's side have now dropped 15 points from winning positions this season and their boss conceded: 'I don't know if it is (about) mentality or a lack of concentration'.
Hodgson praised both the equaliser, 'a really good team goal' and the winner, 'an incredible individual effort'.
He also lauded his side's refusal to accept that this was 'one of those days'.
Certainly, Ayew seemed shorn of good fortune after he missed a couple of good opportunities.
During a dismal first half, the forward failed to turn home Max Meyer's cross from from inside the six-yard box. Then, after Cresswell's short back pass, Ayew was denied by Roberto.
That was the let-off which prompted handbags between Noble and Ogbonna but all seemed forgotten when Snodgrass curled home.
The opener sparked pandemonium in the away end but when Kouyate levelled with 22 minutes to play, the midfielder's celebrations were muted.
Against his former club, Kouyate fired home after Ayew knocked a deep cross back into the danger area.
Then in the game's final moments, Ayew turned creator and scorer – beating three West Ham players with a sensational pirouette and run, before providing the finishing touches for the second time is as many meetings.
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