A scintillating start to the second half secured West Ham a 1-4 victory over Huddersfield in the Premier League on Saturday - ensuring the Hammers leapfrogged the Terriers in the table.
West Ham capitalised on a defensive howler from Huddersfield in the first half which enabled
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The dark and gloomy afternoon in West Yorkshire saw the home side make a bright start as their energy on and off the ball starved the Hammers of possession in the opening ten-minutes, yet their inability to convert their time on the ball into chances was once again on show.
62 - Mark Noble has now scored (35) or assisted (27) 62 Premier League goals for West Ham - only Paolo Di Canio (78) has had a hand in more for the club. Smooth. #HUDWHU— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 13, 2018
With just two goals in their last four league games the lack of a clinical edge offered West Ham the impetus to work their way into the match, to which they did with great effect.
Having dictated play with their pressure off the ball in an organised approach, a costly mix-up between Terriers stopper
The goal caused the balance of the game to swing in favour of the Hammers on more than just the scoreboard as despite being second best prior to opening the scoring, the goal took the steam out of the home side and their crowd as West Ham's intensity forced the Terriers into a series of errors.
Yet, just like the first goal Huddersfield struck against the run of play as Lolley - who was partly at fault for the opener - levelled the scores in the 40th minute as his cut-back on the right wing allowed the winger to power into the box and curl a thunderous strike beyond Adrian into the far corner of the goal.
The half-time break ultimately came at the wrong time for Huddersfield who looked reinvigorated by their opener, but any optimism for the second period quickly vanished merely 11 seconds after the referees whistle.
Angelo Ogbonna's hopeful ball forward from the kick-off was flicked on towards
Huddersfield Town have run Manchester United and Manchester City ragged at home this season. The visit of West Ham United? Demolished. Impressive stuff from Moyes and the Hammers.— 90MAAT⚽️ (@90MAAT_) January 13, 2018
Huddersfield will have a week to prepare for their crucial trip to Stoke City next Saturday, whereas West Ham have a mid-week FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury to contend with before hosting Bournemouth on the weekend.
TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: #htafc Head Coach David Wagner has named new signings @pritch_93 & @KongoloTerence on the bench for today's @premierleague game against @WestHamUtd.— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) January 13, 2018
Joe Lolley will make his first home @premierleague start of the season this afternoon.