Mark Noble has congratulated Andre Ayew on his return to action and explained the difficulties the £20 million record signing has had to face.
He said: “I was speaking to ‘Dre the other day and said ‘Look, when you come to a new club and get injured in your first game and are out for three months, then you come back and you’re away for another month at the African Nations Cup, it’s so hard to get back involved’.
“Credit to ‘Dre, because he’s come back and worked hard, he’s great around the squad and he got what he deserved.
“He is a very, very good signing and I knew that when we signed him, but he’s had it tough. I’m pretty sure he’ll stay fit now and get us some more goals.”
And commenting on the game at Watford Mark added: “We played well. It makes life tough when you go behind away from home after two minutes, especially with the atmosphere there .
“It wasn’t ideal, but I thought we controlled the game from when we conceded until the finish, with the way we passed the ball about. With a little bit more luck or quality, we could have scored three or four goals.
“When you control a game like that and you probably don’t quite get what you deserved, you sit in the changing room afterwards feeling a little bit gutted, if I’m honest.
“The boys played really well away from home, our away form is really good and we’re ninth in the Premier League. It’s looking good and we’re looking like a really good team at the minute.”