Huddersfield v West Ham 2018 Report- Arnautovic Lanzini show gives Moyes 200th Premier League win

Manuel Lanzini’s brace, his first on the road in the Premier League for fourteen months and a beautiful effort from Austrian forward Marko Arnautovic were enough for West Ham to beat Huddersfield 4-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium and give coach David Moyes his 200th Premier League win as manager- only Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Harry Redknapp have more wins than the Scotsman.

West Ham had lost only one of their last six Premier League games going into this clash- Huddersfield, by comparison, had won ONLY once in their last six, which mean that this would be an intriguing fixture despite the Hammers’ indifferent away form.

For West Ham, James Collins took the place of Winston Reid in defence and Arnautovic returned to the XI after recovering from a hamstring problem. David Wagner chose to put new Huddersfield signing Alex Pritchard on the bench.

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Neither keeper had much to do in the first 20 minutes until Jonas Lossl’s blunder gave West Ham the lead. The Town keeper opted for a back pass to Joe Lolley, who didn’t seem ready for it, and the latter was robbed in possession by Arnautovic and Mark Noble pounced on it to give the Hammers the lead with his 50th career goal.

Huddersfield equalised in the 41st minute and the two players pivotal in West Ham’s goal- Lolley and Noble, were again involved, with the former cutting inside the latter and unleashing a beautiful curled effort past Adrian. It was also Lolley’s first ever Premier League goal.

The second half started off on the best possible note for West Ham as they scored 11 seconds from kick off. A hopeful long ball from defence found Arnautovic, who showed great skill to outsmart Tommy Smith and smash a half volley past Lossl.

West Ham continued to threaten with Aaron Mooy forced to hack a corner off the line and Lanzini unable to apply the finishing touches to a great counter attack as he shot straight at Lossl. However the goal was threatening to come, and come it did, with some beautiful passing down the right flank ending in Arnautovic feeding Lanzini. The Argentine, kept onside by Smith, made no mistake this time.

Arnautovic was troubling Huddersfield’s centre halves throughout the game, and he made a mockery of Christopher Schindler again on the hour mark, providing another assist for Lanzini to slot in. The two goals were Lanzini’s first in West Ham colours on the road since his penalty against Spurs back in November 2016.

David Wagner sent on Pritchard and Terence Kongolo for their Premier League debuts, but they were unable to change the game for the Terriers, and West Ham took home three deserved points to jump to 11th in the table.

Huddersfield 1 (Lolley) West Ham 4 (Noble, Lanzini*2, Arnautovic)

Attendance: 24,105

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