Lanzini, Arnautovic inspire West Ham win at Huddersfield

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

It appears they and opponents West Ham could be heading in opposite directions with the east Londoners leapfrogging them in the table after extending Huddersfield's run without a home win to four games.

Huddersfield then hauled themselves level five minutes before half-time.

West Ham crushed Huddersfield Town 4-1 at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday to move up to eleventh spot in the Premier League standings and far from worrying about relegation, the Hammers are now looking towards the top ten.

The Terriers had no answer to the skills of Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini as David Moyes chalked up his 200th Premier League victory.

West Ham capitalized on a defensive howler from Huddersfield in the first half which enabled Mark Noble to convert from close range.

Wagner believes the Hammers profited from slack defending, with Mark Noble's opener resulting from Jonas Lossl's mix-up with Joe Lolley from a goal-kick.

Town's attempts to play the ball out backfired dramatically as Arnautovic and Noble applied pressure, the pair dispossessing Lolley before the latter slotted home.

The third goal felt imminent for West Ham and it arrived in the 56th minute through Lanzini who finished off an exceptional bout of team play by latching on to Arnautovic's pin-point pass to send the ball beyond Lossl.

A long ball from Angelo Ogbonna was flicked onto the Austrian by Cheikhou Kouyate, he lifted it over Tommy Smith and lashed beyond Lossl to restore West Ham's lead.

- This was David Moyes' 200th win as a manager in the Premier League, becoming the fourth person to achieve this feat after Alex Ferguson (528), Arsene Wenger (468) and Harry Redknapp (236).

Moyes felt that Lanzini's first-half display was underwhelming but praised his improvement after the break as he scored twice in five minutes for his first goals since November 4. With 4 goals and 5 assists in 20 league games this term, Shaqiri has been in fine form and could be tempted by the chance to link up with Arnautovic at the London Stadium.

The final third of the game was played with considerably less intensity with both sides taking their foot off the gas as they awaited the full time whistle to call time on the encounter.

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