Terriers give Hammers rough ride
By Tom Dowsett
Sunday 11 Nov 2018 13:30:00
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After their 4-2 home victory against Burnley last weekend, West Ham United went into the game at The John Smith's Stadium full of confidence but with Huddersfield Town also keen to build on their success against Fulham on Monday night, there was nothing to separate the two teams in this encounter, as they drew 1-1 on Saturday afternoon.

Pedro Obiang picked up a knock in the week but he started the game, meaning Manuel Pellegrini was able to name the same side that started against the Clarets.

Although the visitors had two extra days to prepare for this game, the Terriers were clearly buoyed by their result against the Cottagers, the hosts were keen to impress their home support for the second time in five days and they almost gave them further reason to cheer within two minutes of the game commencing.

A corner from Aaron Mooy was headed on by Steve Mounié but fortunately for the visitors, Lukasz Fabianski prevented any danger as he tipped the effort onto the bar.

In a lightning quick start to the game, the Hammers almost went in front when Marko Arnautovic combined well with Felipe Anderson but the Brazilian's effort was blocked.

The pace of the game showed no sign of letting up and Pellegrini's men had another chance just two minutes later. Grady Diangana and Arnautovic linked up but the chance had gone as Jonas Lössl's save from the Austrian was diverted into the side netting.

West Ham were made to pay for those missed chances when Alex Prichard cleverly slid the ball home with just six minutes on the clock after the Irons had lost possession.

Still brimming with confidence, David Wagner's side nearly found a second ten minutes later when Philip Billing's cross eluded the West Ham defence but the ball hit both posts before the danger was eventually cleared.

The visitors needed their goalkeeper to bail them out once again when Mounié went close to extending the lead for the hosts but Fabianski was on hand to make a good save.

As the game entered stoppage time before the break, the action was held up for five minutes as Chris Löwe dislocated his shoulder and had to be stretchered off. Despite the delay, there was no change in the scoreline when referee Christopher Kavanagh blew the whistle.

Huddersfield were the one and only team that the Hammers took six points from last season but it seemed that they would have to do more if they were going to take anything away from this encounter.

Pellegrini changed his formation and went with two up front for the second-half as he made his first substitution, replacing Diangana with Javier Hernández.

The change almost paid dividends, as the Mexican went close on two occasions but unfortunately not close enough. On 48 minutes, he was one-on-one with Lössl but his effort was straight at the German.

The striker who wrapped up the points against Burnley seven days ago was given another chance when the ball came back to him but he couldn't make the most of it, as the effort landed on top of the net.

The visitors, who were looking for only their second away success of the campaign were in the ascendancy by this point, as Hernández took control. Another opportunity fell his way when Robert Snodgrass and Obiang combined to play him in.

On 63 minutes, Ryan Fredericks was thrown into the action in place of captain Pablo Zabaleta and he was followed a minute later by Michail Antonio who took the place of Obiang.

This was a game which the East Londoners couldn't afford to lose and with 74 minutes gone, they came up with the equaliser. After a number of attempts had been missed, Anderson finally fired home to claim his third goal in two games.

From then on, there was all to play for and the travelling support nearly saw their side turn the game around but Issa Diop saw his effort headed off the line by Mooy.

Having used all their substitutions, The Irons were were forced to manage with ten men for the closing stages after Fredericks had picked up an injury.

Both sides were searching for a winner but in the end, they were made to settle for a point.

The last international break of 2018 comes up next weekend before Pellegrini welcomes his former club to Stratford, as current league leaders Manchester City are the visitors to end November.

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