Thursday 17 October 2019

Hammers show both sides

West Ham United 4 Huddersfield 3

West Ham's Javier Hernandez celebrates scoring their fourth goal. Photo: Reuters
West Ham's Javier Hernandez celebrates scoring their fourth goal. Photo: Reuters

Andy Sims

Manuel Pellegrini admitted he saw the worst and best of West Ham as they came from behind to snatch a dramatic 4-win over Huddersfield. The visitors, rock bottom of the Premier League and all but doomed to relegation, were leading 3-1 through Juninho Bacuna and a double from Karlan Grant.

But Angelo Ogbonna pulled one back and substitute Javier Hernandez scored twice to shove heartbroken Huddersfield another step closer to the Championship.

Huddersfield Town's Philip Billing in action with West Ham's Declan Rice. Photo: Reuters
Huddersfield Town's Philip Billing in action with West Ham's Declan Rice. Photo: Reuters

"I hate it when my team play badly. I think everyone was disappointed when we were 3-1 down but we did well to come back," said Hammers boss Pellegrini. "The victory is very good for the fans, especially when you are losing 3-1 and you don't give up. That reflects the character of the team

"It's good for everyone. For the fans, for me, the players. It's good for everyone except Huddersfield."

West Ham led through Mark Noble's penalty but trudged off at the break to boos after Bacuna and Grant were left unmarked from set-pieces. Grant curled in a third and there were more boos for Marko Arnautovic, back in the starting line-up for the first time since trying to engineer a move to China in January but taken off with more than 20 minutes remaining.

Huddersfield's crestfallen manager Jan Siewert said: "I can't describe my feelings right now. Look at my face. We scored three goals, we haven't done that all year, so the match plan worked. I was working so hard all week. I am so proud of the performance. There are reasons we are bottom of the table but we kept fighting, and you saw that today."

West Ham United's Mark Noble gets ahead of Huddersfield Town's Karlan Grant. Photo: PA
West Ham United's Mark Noble gets ahead of Huddersfield Town's Karlan Grant. Photo: PA

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