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West Ham United 4-3 Huddersfield Town: Javier Hernandez double rescues Hammers

Javier Hernandez celebrates West Ham win

West Ham produced a thrilling late comeback to stop relegation-threatened Huddersfield Town moving off the bottom of the Premier League for the first time since December.

Huddersfield led 3-1 with barely 15 minutes left before substitute Javier Hernandez inspired an incredible turnaround.

After Angelo Ogbonna thumped in a header to make it 3-2, Hernandez - who was introduced by Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini at half-time - scored twice in the closing stages to spark jubilant celebrations at London Stadium.

"We came back pretty good with the effort of the whole team," the Mexican said. "In the second half we weren't sure if we could do it but we could."

When skipper Mark Noble cracked in a penalty to put West Ham ahead, few could have predicted the drama which would unfold in east London.

Huddersfield arrived without a victory on the road since November - and a mountain of injury problems - but their confidence was not dented as they levelled almost instantly through Juninho Bacuna's free header.

And the away fans had more to celebrate when a well-worked free-kick ended in young forward Karlam Grant sidefooting them ahead.

Grant, 21, cracked a thunderous 25-yard strike into the top corner after the break, leaving many inside London Stadium shellshocked and heading for the exits as the match approached the final 15 minutes.

But Ogbonna's header gave the home side hope, before Hernandez's headed double crushed Huddersfield and left them 16 points adrift of safety with seven matches left to play.

More to follow.

Line-ups

West Ham

  • 1Fabianski
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 23Diop
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3Cresswell
  • 41Rice
  • 30AntonioSubstituted forHernándezat 45'minutes
  • 16NobleSubstituted forNasriat 59'minutes
  • 10Lanzini
  • 8Felipe Anderson
  • 7ArnautovicSubstituted forPérezat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Balbuena
  • 11Snodgrass
  • 13Adrián
  • 17Hernández
  • 18Nasri
  • 26Masuaku
  • 27Pérez

Huddersfield

  • 1Lössl
  • 2Smith
  • 27Stankovic
  • 5Kongolo
  • 37Durm
  • 7BacunaSubstituted forPuncheonat 67'minutes
  • 10Mooy
  • 44RoweSubstituted forBillingat 55'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 21PritchardBooked at 74mins
  • 15Löwe
  • 16GrantSubstituted forMounieat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Billing
  • 12Hamer
  • 24Mounie
  • 25M Jorgensen
  • 33Hadergjonaj
  • 41Daly
  • 42Puncheon
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
59,931

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home16
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home7
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, West Ham United 4, Huddersfield Town 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Ham United 4, Huddersfield Town 3.

Attempt missed. Chris Löwe (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonas Lössl.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Lukasz Fabianski.

Attempt missed. Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Aaron Mooy following a set piece situation.

Foul by Samir Nasri (West Ham United).

Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United 4, Huddersfield Town 3. Chicharito (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Felipe Anderson following a corner.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Terence Kongolo.

Attempt blocked. Felipe Anderson (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Jason Puncheon (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Philip Billing.

Attempt missed. Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Terence Kongolo (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jason Puncheon with a through ball.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Issa Diop.

Issa Diop (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town).

Foul by Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United).

Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Samir Nasri (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town).

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United 3, Huddersfield Town 3. Chicharito (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Samir Nasri with a cross following a corner.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Erik Durm.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Terence Kongolo (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Samir Nasri (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Felipe Anderson (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Felipe Anderson (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town).

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United 2, Huddersfield Town 3. Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross following a corner.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Jon Gorenc Stankovic.

Booking

Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Samir Nasri (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town).

Foul by Felipe Anderson (West Ham United).

Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Steve Mounie replaces Karlan Grant.

Attempt missed. Jon Gorenc Stankovic (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Mooy with a cross following a corner.

goal

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