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West Ham move off foot of table with Huddersfield win

West Ham move off foot of table with Huddersfield win

11/09/2017 at 22:50Updated 12/09/2017 at 00:02

Premier League, London Stadium - West Ham United 2 (Obiang 72, Ayew 77') Huddersfield Town 0

West Ham grabbed their first Premier League win of the season courtesy of two goals in five minutes in a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield at a drenched London Stadium.

Huddersfield had a three-match unbeaten record going into the match, while under-pressure manager Slaven Bilic began what was rumoured to be his final game looking for West Ham's first point of the season.

West Ham dominated the first half of their first home match of the campaign, with Chicarito hitting the crossbar early on, but the period ended goalless.

West Ham United's Andy Carroll in action with Huddersfield Town’s Mathias Jorgensen

West Ham United's Andy Carroll in action with Huddersfield Town’s Mathias JorgensenReuters

In the second half, Huddersfield conceded their first goal of the season when Pedro Obiang's shot took a huge deflection off Mathias Jorgensen to loop into the top corner, minutes after Bilic's unpopular decision to withdraw Javier Hernandez.

It was Hernandez's replacement, Ayew, who made it two quickly from a goalmouth scramble. West Ham's players, fans and manager will all have felt a wave of relief at the whistle, moving off the foot of the table.

West Ham United celebrate their second goal.

West Ham United celebrate their second goal.Eurosport

TALKING POINT

Has Slaven Bilic done enough to keep his job? Rafael Benitez was absent from Newcastle United's last match and has been linked with the West Ham job, and David Sullivan has made his disagreements with Bilic public. A loss tonight would probably have done for Bilic after a dreadful start to the league, but West Ham weren't lucky tonight, they were impressive. Bilic could have asked for little more to keep his job, but that might not be enough.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Andy Carroll (West Ham United): Carroll made his first start in five months after injury, and showed just how important he is. Missing Marko Arnautovic, he allows Javier Hernandez and Michail Antonio to play off him and use the space he creates. He didn't score, but he didn't have to in order to give West Ham an attacking threat.

MATCHCAST: FULL MATCH STATS AND COMMENTARY

PLAYER RATINGS

West Ham: Hart 6, Zabaleta 6, Reid 6, Collins 6, Fonte 6, Cresswell 7, Kouyate 7, Obiang 7, Antonio 7, Chicarito 6, Carroll 7. Subs: Rice 6, Ayew 7, Sakho 6.

West Ham United's Pedro Obiang celebrates scoring their first goal

West Ham United's Pedro Obiang celebrates scoring their first goalReuters

Huddersfield Town: Lossl 6, Smith 6, Billing 6, Kachunga 6, Mooy 6, Lowe 5, Van La Parra 7, Ince 6, Mounie 6, Zanka 6, Schindler 5. Subs: Malone 6, Sabiri 6, Depoitre 6.

KEY EVENTS

13' - CHICARITO SHOT - Antonio skins his man down the right, he pulls back a clever ball to Hernandez, lurking at the back post, and he clips a shot against the crossbar.

26' - COLLINS HEADER - Cresswell takes the free kick, flights in a ball for Collins, and his downward header is well stopped by Lossl.

54' - HART SAVE - The ball is worked to Billings, 25 yards out, and Hart has to dive to his left to smother the shot.

72' - GOAL! West Ham 1-0 Huddersfield - Obiang seizes the ball in midfield, turns towards goal with one touch, and his shot takes a huge deflection off Jorgensen to loop into the top corner with Lossl given no chance.

77' - GOAL! West Ham 2-0 Huddersfield. Ayew scores - Cresswell swings in a corner to the near post. It bobbles off Fonte, into Mounie, and Ayew is on hand to stab in.

81' - INCE SHOT - Ince races towards a clearance to shoot on goal, and his clipped effort curls against the crossbar.

KEY STAT

These were the first two goals Huddersfield conceded in the Premier League after three clean sheets.

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