Huddersfield Town 1 West Ham 1: Felipe Anderson comes to Hammers rescue
Felipe Anderson’s 74th-minute
Alex Pritchard looked to have given David Wagner’s men a second successive victory when his sixth-minute goal, the first from a Huddersfield player at home since April, established a lead they held for over an hour.
However, an improved second half from the Hammers eventually ensured they stretched their unbeaten streak to three top-flight fixtures.
Felipe Anderson, a scorer in last weekend’s 4-2 win over Burnley, was the hero as he drove home amid a goalmouth scramble.
An eventful opening 45 minutes for Lukasz Fabianski began with an expert early save from Steve Mounie’s close-range header.
His reflexes were less impressive for the opener, Pritchard creeping a seemingly innocuous low shot inside the near post.
Philip Billing almost caught out the goalkeeper a second time when his misdirected cross looped against the far upright and back across the face.
The Poland international redeemed himself with another denial of Mounie in a one-on-one, before the Terriers’ encouraging half ended with Chris Lowe being taken off on a stretcher after landing awkwardly on his shoulder.
Javier Hernandez’s introduction at the interval should have quickly brought about an equaliser, only for the striker to nod over a point-blank rebound from Jonas Lossl’s initial save.
It was instead left to Felipe Anderson to drag the visitors level with the Brazilian rifling home following a succession of blocked efforts in the box.
And Manuel Pellegrini’s men might count themselves unfortunate not to have pocketed three points in the end, with Aaron Mooy to thank for blocking an Issa Diop header on the line moments after parity was restored.
What does it mean? Hope building for Huddersfield
They might have been pegged back in the end, but four points from two matches remains a confidence-boosting return for Huddersfield heading into the international break.
Lossl hit with unlucky equaliser
There was little more Lossl could do in his scrambling attempts to deny West Ham a goal that was harsh on the Terriers goalkeeper, who had been impeccable until that point.
Diop endures battles on the ball
West Ham’s Diop was twice involved in turning over possession in dangerous areas during the first half. He was punished from the first, and the match did not get a whole lot better for the defender.
Key Opta Facts
– Huddersfield haven’t scored more than once in any of their last 22 Premier League games, netting just nine goals in total in that run.
– Six of West Ham’s seven Premier League goals against Huddersfield have been scored in the second half of games.
– West Ham have kept just one clean sheet in their last 15 Premier League away games, a 2-0 win at Leicester in May.
– Huddersfield’s Jonathan Hogg registered his first league assist in 112 appearances, since setting up goals for Huddersfield against Bolton in the Championship in December 2014.
Huddersfield’s first assignment after the international break is a trip to Wolves, while West Ham have a fortnight to formulate a plan for Manchester City’s visit.