Sep 12, 2017
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How West Ham rated as they secured a much-needed first win of the season over Huddersfield

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West Ham picked up their first victory of the season and eased the pressure on under-fire manager Slaven Bilic as two second-half goals signalled the end of Huddersfield’s unbeaten start to the season.

In their first home match of the season at the London Stadium, the Hammers came the closest to opening the scoring in a fluid first-half when Javier Hernandez rattled the crossbar from close range.

But it was perhaps an unlikelier source who found a way past Huddersfield’s Jonas Lossl, with Obiang’s shot taking a desperately unlucky deflection off Mathias Jorgensen and looping into the net.

And a first victory – and first points – of the Premier League season were well and truly wrapped up just a few minutes later when substitute Andre Ayew was on hand to stab home from just a yard out.

The result sees the Hammers move into 18th place, only remaining in the relegation spots through goal difference, whilst Huddersfield will stay in 6th spot after falling to their first ever Premier League defeat.

See below for how Slaven Bilic’s side rated as they secured their first points of the new season.

Joe Hart – After conceding ten goals in three matches on his return to the Premier League the England number one enjoyed a much more comfortable evening’s work as he kept his first clean sheet in 23 league matches. Made a save low to his left early in the second-half but that was about it. 6.

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Jose Fonte – Hasn’t exactly enjoyed the best of times since arriving from Southampton in January but he put in a more convincing display on Monday night, keeping the visitors at bay in his own area before being in the right place at the right time to put the ball on a plate for Ayew to stab home. 7.

Winston Reid – Passed fit in time to return from a calf injury the West Ham captain managed his back three well after a shaky start to the season, ensuring that Fonte and Collins remained tight and compact. Repelled Huddersfield when they did venture forward in a morale-boosting display. 7.

James Collins – Came close to giving his side a first-half lead only to miscue his free header from a corner and he always posed a threat from set-pieces. Had a relatively quiet time of things inside his own penalty area as the hosts dominated the play but he tidied things up well when called upon. 7.

Aaron Cresswell – Seemed to build-up a neat relationship with Hernandez down the left side of the pitch, looking to play quick balls in-behind the opposition for the Mexican to latch on to. Was a constant outlet in the attacking third and he made a sensational diving block to deny Ince a goal. 7.

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Pedro Obiang – Often guilty of playing the game at a pedestrian pace but West Ham supporters won’t care one bit after his extremely fortunate effort from outside the area found its way into the back of the net via a wicked deflection. Will be lucky if he retains a starting role next week though. 6.

Cheikhou Kouyate – Awarded his first start of the season by Bilic due to a number of midfield injuries, he marshalled his own back-line well and drove out of the West Ham half with intent a few times after turning over possession. Battled hard to keep the influential Mooy at arms length all match. 7.

Pablo Zabaleta – Enjoyed the licence to get forward down the right-hand side on Monday night, looking to support Antonio whenever possible. Showed the battling edge and gritty determination that made him so successful at Manchester City and proved he can still compete at the top level. 8.

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Michail Antonio – Undeniably put in his best performance of the season to date, running Huddersfield’s defence ragged with his raw acceleration and pure power and driving to the by-line with intent. His trickery and movement proved tough to handle and his display merited a goal. 9.

Andy Carroll – Made his first Premier League appearance of the season and nearly created an immediate impact inside 90 seconds, thrashing a shot agonisingly across the face. Gave West Ham something to aim for in a typically aerially dominant display and it’s clear he has been missed. 8.

Javier Hernandez – Moved into a wider position to accommodate the returning Carroll, he was always looking to gamble on the target-man’s flicked headers. Saw an early effort crash back off the crossbar when well placed inside the area before his evening was cut surprisingly short by Bilic. 6.

Jordan Ayew – Introduced just after the hour mark to try and provide the all-important breakthrough and it had the desired effect, stabbing home from on the line to secure the points. 7.

Diafra Sakho – Given a run out for the final ten minutes. N/A.

Declan Rice – Brought on in injury-time to run down the clock. N/A. 

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