Huddersfield Town 1-4 West Ham Utd

  • by Staff Writer
  • Saturday, 13th January 2018

West Ham are up to a season-best 11th in the Premier League after securing a stunning victory at Huddersfield this afternoon.

Level at half time, the Hammers saw off the challenge of their hosts with a devastating 15-minute burst at the start of the second period in which they grabbed three goals to ensure a sixth league win of the season and manager David Moyes' 200th Premier League win.

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Mark Noble started the rout with 25 minutes on the clock after the Hammers capitalised on a dreadful error by the Terriers, who conceded possession directly from a goal kick.

Marko Arnautovic, who was to prove instrumental in the second period picked off a poor pass by goalkeepr Jonas Lossl before feeding Noble, who was left with just the 'keeper to beat.

The home side were given brief hope as the half time whistle approached when Joe Lolley equalised with a delightful finish as West Ham's defenders looked on. However that was as good as it got for the newly-promoted side.

For within 11 seconds of the restart West Ham found themselves ahead once again. A long ball from defence was flicked into the path of Austrian winger Arnautovic by Cheik Kouyate, before the former smashed the ball beyond Lossl to make it 2-1.

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Huddersfield had barely recovered from falling behind for a second time when they found themselves even further adrift, to the best goal of the day. A series of quick passes left Manuel Lanzini through on goal and the Argentinian finished with aplomb to send the Hammers 3-1 ahead.

Not content with simply matching the three-goal haul achieved previously at Stoke and Bournemouth, the Hammers left the scoreline looking even more comprehensive in their favour when Lanzini doubled his account for the afternoon.

And once again it was some slick interplay between Lanzini and Arnautovic that left West Ham's number 10 through on goal and able to beat the helpless Lossl for a fourth time.

The win lifts West Ham five points clear of the relegation zone and up into 11th spot in the Premier League with (league) fixtures against fellow lower half sides Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Brighton to come next.

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West Ham Utd: Adrian, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Zabaleta, Obiang, Kouyate, Noble, Masuaku, Lanzini (Rice 85), Arnautovic (Ayew 82).

Subs not used: Hart, Chicharito, Burke, Cullen.

Goals: Noble (25), Arnautovic (46), Lanzini (56, 61).

Booked: Cresswell.

Huddersfield Town: Lossl, Smith (Kongolo 71), Zanka, Schindler, Malone, Hogg, Mooy, van La Parra, Lolley (Pritchard 65), Ince, Depoitre.

Subs not used: Coleman, Sabiri, Williams, Mounie, Hefele.

Goals: Lolley (40).

Booked: Smith.

Referee: Jon Moss.

Attendance: 24,105.

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