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DREAM TEAM POINTS: West Ham 2 Hudderfield 0

The Hammers got their season underway and spared manager Slaven Bilic an almost certain sacking with plucky win against Huddersfield

It looks like Slaven Bilic will live to fight another day, after his side beat Huddersfield to get their Premier League campaign underway. 

The Croatian looked doomed to be the second manager to get the chop this season (after Crystal Palace axed Frank de Boer today) if he suffered defeat in the Monday night fixture.


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But two goals against the new boys in their first game at the London Stadium this campaign was enough to secure a vital three points.

Pedro Obiang’s strike took a huge deflection before flying in

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Pedro Obiang’s strike took a huge deflection before flying in

West Ham looked more than up for the challenge, buoyed by their home support.

But the Terriers proved tough to breakdown, as they have since making their Prem debut.

It’s no surprise goalkeeper Jonas Lossl managed to keep a cleansheet in each of his opening three matches of the season, with Huddersfield well drilled in defence.

Lossl has impressed between the sticks for Huddersfield so far this season

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Lossl has impressed between the sticks for Huddersfield so far this season

In the end, it took the flukiest of flukey goals by Pedro Obiang to finally break the duct.

The breakthrough came after 72 minutes when Obiang’s 25-yard strike hit Mathias Jorgensen’s back and looped over Lossl.

Obiang hits one from range

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Obiang hits one from range

And the balls strikes the back of Jorgensen

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And the balls strikes the back of Jorgensen

Completely fooling Lossl the goalkeeper, unlucky!

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Completely fooling Lossl the goalkeeper, unlucky!

Unlucky for Huddersfield.

The Hammers sealed the spoils just five minutes later when Andre Ayew turned the ball in from a corner kick.

Panic over then, lads?

Well, for another week at least.


DREAM TEAM POINTS

WEST HAM: Hart 8, Zabaleta 7, Fonte 8, Collins 8, Reid 8, Cresswell 8, Obiang 13 Kouyate 0, Antonio 0, Carroll 3, Hernandez 0

Subs: Ayew 10, Sakho 0, Rice 0

Booked: Zabaleta

HUDDERSFIELD: Lossl -1, Schindler 2, Jorgensen 1, Smith -1, Lowe -1, Mooy 0, Billing 0, Ince 0, Van La Parra 0, Kachunga, Mounie 0

Subs: Depoitre 0, Malone 0, Sabiri 0

Booked: Jorgensen

STAR MAN: Pedro Obiang

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