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West Ham United 2-0 Huddersfield Town

Pedro Obiang
Pedro Obiang was the first player other than Javier Hernandez to score for West Ham in the league this season

Pedro Obiang's heavily deflected goal was the moment of luck West Ham needed to set them on the way to their first points of the Premier League season as Huddersfield suffered their first defeat.

The Hammers, whose manager Slaven Bilic was under pressure after three successive league defeats, were below par - although the visitors offered little threat.

Javier Hernandez hit the bar in the first half, in one of West Ham's few clear-cut chances.

The breakthrough came in the 72nd minute when Obiang's 25-yard strike hit Mathias Jorgensen's back and looped over keeper Jonas Lossl.

It was the first goal that Huddersfield - or Lossl - have conceded in their first season back in the top flight.

And the second came five minutes later when substitute Andre Ayew - whose introduction for Hernandez was booed by West Ham's fans - turned the ball home from three yards out.

Huddersfield's major opportunity came with 10 minutes left as Thomas Ince hit the crossbar from the edge of the box.

Birthday boss Bilic eases some pressure with win

Slaven Bilic
Slaven Bilic was aiming to avoid following in the footsteps of Frank de Boer, who was sacked on Monday by Crystal Palace after four consecutive defeats

Bilic came into the game under plenty of pressure after the Hammers had conceded 10 goals in their opening three league games.

And the Croat, celebrating his 49th birthday, has also had public disagreements with the club's owners over their failure to sign his key target William Carvalho, as well as Renato Sanches and Grzegorz Krychowiak.

On their first game at home this season - with London Stadium not initially ready following the World Athletics Championships - the Hammers did not look great.

Andy Carroll made his first appearance this season following a thigh injury, with Mexico striker Hernandez having to move out to the wing to make space for the target man.

Hernandez was quiet - although Michail Antonio was excellent on the other flank.

The Hammers' finishing was poor - with Cheikhou Kouyate, James Collins, Jose Fonte and Antonio all squandering chances.

And it looked as if criticism of Bilic would grow when the replacement of Hernandez with Ayew was met with boos from the home crowd.

But it was actually a match-winning substitution. Ayew set up Obiang's goal and then poked home after Fonte's shot from Aaron Cresswell's corner was blocked.

Huddersfield brought back down to earth

Huddersfield
Huddersfield's defeat was their first in the top flight since a 1-0 loss to Wolves on 22 April 1972

The Terriers had enjoyed an excellent start to their maiden Premier League season, their first in the top flight since 1971-72, winning two and drawing one.

Perhaps the international break came at a bad time because they put in their worst performance of the fledgling season.

Against a team out of form, they did not play with the usual energy and dynamic attacking play they had shown so far under boss David Wagner.

Despite having more of the ball and completing more passes, they only forced Joe Hart to make two saves, with both efforts from outside the box - via Philip Billing and Steve Mounie.

'We were not good enough' - manager reaction

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Terriers didn't deserve points - Wagner

Huddersfield boss David Wagner on BBC Radio 5 live: "Unfortunately it was a deserved defeat. We were not good today especially with the ball.

"In defence we worked and fought, even if the goal was unlucky. We have to be honest that we were not good enough with the ball - not confident enough or brave enough.

"This is the Premier League and in the Premier League it is so difficult to keep clean sheets. We had the chance to keep one today. The goals were unlucky, but our performance was not good enough.

"If everyone was on it like [defender] Christopher Schindler was today, we would have had a better chance to get a result. We had seven or eight players not on it. We will learn from it."

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London Stadium is proper home - Bilic

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic, speaking to BBC Sport: "I am really pleased with how we acted in a difficult situation. After three defeats your confidence is a bit down but the lads did everything we asked from them.

"We had a game plan and from the first moment we were on the front foot. We stopped them from creating anything. We got our reward, a little bit lucky for the first goal but overall we deserved it.

"I said even if we did not win the game I would have been pleased with the performance of the guys because we had done everything.

"The first goal was at a crucial time because we had lost the momentum a little bit and that brought us back into a good zone."

Match facts - Hart ends clean-sheet drought

Joe Hart
It was Joe Hart's first league clean sheet in 23 games, a run going back to 8 January when he was at Torino
  • West Ham scored twice in this game, as many as in their previous four home league games combined.
  • Huddersfield are the last team in this season's Premier League to concede a goal, after 342 minutes of action.
  • The Hammers have now kept four clean sheets in their past five top-flight home games.
  • Andre Ayew has been directly involved in four goals in his past five Premier League games [a goal and assist v Huddersfield and a goal and assist v Burnley last May].
  • Andy Carroll won 13 aerial duels in the game, the most of any player in a Premier League game this season.
  • West Ham scored with two of their three shots on target in the game.
  • Huddersfield have won just two of their past seven away league games (D1 L4).

Man of the match - Michail Antonio

Michail Antonio
In a game short of brilliant individual performances, West Ham winger Michail Antonio (r) caused plenty of problems for the Huddersfield defence

What's next?

West Ham - who remain in the relegation zone on goal difference - visit West Brom on Saturday (15:00 BST). Huddersfield, who remain sixth, host Leicester City at the same time.

Line-ups

West Ham

  • 25Hart
  • 4Fonte
  • 2Reid
  • 19Collins
  • 5ZabaletaBooked at 49mins
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 14ObiangSubstituted forRiceat 90+3'minutes
  • 3Cresswell
  • 30Antonio
  • 9CarrollSubstituted forSakhoat 82'minutes
  • 17HernándezSubstituted forA Ayewat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Adrián
  • 15Sakho
  • 20A Ayew
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 22Byram
  • 26Masuaku
  • 41Rice

Huddersfield

  • 1Lössl
  • 2Smith
  • 25JorgensenBooked at 25mins
  • 26Schindler
  • 15LöweSubstituted forMaloneat 63'minutes
  • 10Mooy
  • 8BillingBooked at 45minsSubstituted forDepoitreat 83'minutes
  • 9KachungaSubstituted forSabiriat 75'minutes
  • 22Ince
  • 17van La Parra
  • 24Mounie

Substitutes

  • 3Malone
  • 11Sabiri
  • 13Coleman
  • 19Williams
  • 20Depoitre
  • 33Hadergjonaj
  • 44Hefele
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
56,977

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home19
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, West Ham United 2, Huddersfield Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Ham United 2, Huddersfield Town 0.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Declan Rice replaces Pedro Obiang.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Mooy.

Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by André Ayew.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steve Mounie.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Laurent Depoitre replaces Philip Billing.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Diafra Sakho replaces Andy Carroll.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Aaron Cresswell.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Abdelhamid Sabiri (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Mooy with a cross.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Joe Hart.

Attempt saved. Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Ince.

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United 2, Huddersfield Town 0. André Ayew (West Ham United) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a corner.

Attempt blocked. José Fonte (West Ham United) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Scott Malone.

Foul by Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town).

Michail Antonio (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christopher Schindler.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Abdelhamid Sabiri replaces Elias Kachunga.

Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by José Fonte (West Ham United).

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United 1, Huddersfield Town 0. Pedro Obiang (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by André Ayew.

Foul by Zanka (Huddersfield Town).

Michail Antonio (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Scott Malone.

Attempt missed. Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Ince.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. André Ayew replaces Chicharito.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Scott Malone replaces Chris Löwe.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Philip Billing.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Pedro Obiang.

Attempt blocked. Michail Antonio (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cheikhou Kouyaté.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Zanka.

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Tom Ince tries a through ball, but Steve Mounie is caught offside.

Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United).

Attempt missed. Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Chicharito.

Attempt saved. Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aaron Mooy.

Chris Löwe (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

goal

As It Stood

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1Man Utd43101221010
2Man City4310102810
3Chelsea43018539
4Watford42207348
5Tottenham42117347
6Huddersfield42114227
7Burnley42115417
8Liverpool42118807
9West Brom42114407
10Newcastle42024316
11Arsenal420278-16
12Stoke41214405
13Southampton412134-15
14Brighton411235-24
15Swansea411225-34
16Everton411226-44
17Leicester410368-23
18West Ham4103410-63
19Bournemouth400418-70
20Crystal Palace400407-70
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