Four-Star Hammers See Off Terriers
By Tom Dowsett
Sunday 14 Jan 2018 13:50:00
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West Ham United completed their first double of the season on Saturday afternoon, as they beat newly-promoted Huddersfield Town 4-1 at The John Smith's Stadium to claim only their second away victory.

David Moyes made three changes from the team that faced Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley in their last league game, as James Collins replaced Winston Reid who hadn't recovered from the groin injury he sustained in the FA Cup third round tie at Shrewsbury Town last weekend.

Aaron Cresswell and Marko Arnautovic were recalled to the starting line-up after injury, with Declan Rice and Javier Hernández dropping to the bench.

In a scrappy opening to the game, the hosts were the better of the two teams but it was clear to see why they had recently struggled to get results. 
Christopher Schindler had a chance to open the scoring but it was fortunate for the travelling contingent that he sent his header wide from an early corner.

Neither side were really able to get going in the opening stages but as the game progressed, the Hammers were showing greater purpose and Arnautovic, together with Manuel Lanzini looked threatening.

Arnautovic certainly made an impact when he set up Mark Noble for the opener. The captain benefited from a defensive mistake by Joe Lolley to beat goalkeeper Jonas Lössl at his near post.

Although the Hammers were in front, Moyes and his coaching staff were clearly not happy with their team's performance and their mood got worse when Lolley equalised five minutes before the break, as he unleashed a beauty of a shot, giving Adrián no chance.

Whatever the manager said during the break clearly sparked the visitors into life. They made the perfect start to the second-half, regaining their advantage just eleven seconds after the restart.

Lanzini's ball forward from the kick-off found Cheikhou Kouyaté, who set up Arnautovic and the winger then flicked past Terriers' skipper Tommy Smith before beating Lössl to extend West Ham's advantage.

The Irons were now really enjoying their afternoon and there was more to come. On 56 minutes, Kouyaté and Pedro Obiang combined and found Arnautovic in space and he tricked his way past Schindler and played in Lanzini who thumped the ball into the net to surely secure the points.

Moyes was now by far the happier manager and he had yet more to celebrate just after the hour mark, as the deadly duo combined again for Lanzini to claim his second of the match, firing past a helpless Lössl into the roof of the net.

New signing Alex Prichard joined Huddersfield on Friday and he was introduced by David Wagner on 65 minutes, as he replaced Lolley and the former Norwich City player saw his deflected freekick well saved by Adrián.

Due to the current high number of injuries in their squad, West Ham only named six substitutes and on 82 minutes it was time for one to enter the fray, as the manager decided to withdraw Arnautovic and bring on André Ayew.

Three minutes later, another West Ham change arrived, as Lanzini was the next to leave the pitch and Rice was the man to replace him.

With two minutes of stoppage time safely negotiated, all connected with the Hammers headed home having chalked up another vital win.

The focus for the Irons now turns to beating the Shrews in their FA Cup replay in Stratford on Tuesday and progress to the fourth round.

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