Huddersfield 1-4 West Ham: Mark Noble, Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini all on target as Hammers batter David Wagner's side
- Mark Noble opened the scoring in the 25th minute with a right-footed shot past Huddersfield's Jonas Lossl
- Terriers' Joe Lolley equalised five minutes before the break with an impressive curling strike
- A goal inside a minute of the restart from Marko Arnautovic restored West Ham's lead
- Manuel Lanzini scored two goals in five minutes to give David Moyes' side an emphatic away victory
Just eleven seconds into the second half, Marko Arnautovic flicked the ball past Tommy Smith with his right foot and half-volleyed home with his left. Up in the stands at the John Smith’s Stadium, a certain Eric Cantona might have crossed the mind of one interested spectator, Sir Alex Ferguson.
Arnautovic is not quite a Cantona of course. But he can light up and win any match when he’s in the mood and yesterday was one of them.
He scored West Ham’s important second goal and set up all of their others. He is also a refreshingly spiky interviewee rather than the blandness you get from other players.
Manuel Lanzini scores his second and West Ham's fourth goal to seal an emphatic win for the Hammers against Huddersfield
Lanzini celebrates after extending West Ham's lead over Huddersfield to three goals after scoring his second of the game
Lanzini's second sealed an emphatic 4-1 victory over Huddersfield to move West Ham up to 11th in the Premier League
MATCH FACTS, PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE, MATCH ZONE AND RATINGS
Huddersfield (4-2-3-1): Lossl 5.5: Smith 5 (Kongolo 71), Jorgensen 6, Schindler 6, Malone 6.5; Mooy 6.5, Hogg 6; Lolley 5.5 (Pritchard 65 6.5), Ince 6.5, Van La Parra 6; Depoitre 6
Subs: Sabiri, Coleman, Williams, Mounie, Hefele
Goals: Lolley 40
Manager: David Wagner
West Ham (3-5-2): Adrian 6.5: Collins 6.5, Ogbonna 6, Cresswell 6; Zabaleta 6.5, Kouyate 6.5, Noble 6, Obiang 6, Masuaku 6; Arnautovic 8.5 (Ayew 83), Lanzini 7.5 (Rice 85)
Subs: Hart, Hernandez, Burke, Cullen
Goals: Noble 25, Arnautovic 46, Lanzini 56 & 61
Manager: David Moyes
Referee: Jonathan Moss 7
Marko Arnautovic scored just eleven seconds into the second half. CLICK HERE to see more from Sportsmail's MATCH ZONE feature.
After the match, he was asked about his two assists for his front partner, Manuel Lanzini.
‘Lanzini told me I never give him any passes,’ Arnautovic said, part-humour, part putting the boot in. ‘Today he got two. Now it think he needs to be quiet until the next game.'
It’s ironic that David Moyes, whose man-management of big players is perceived as his greatest flaw, has got a tune out of “Mad Marko” who has now scored seven in his last seven league games.
Moyes praised the Austrian for embracing a more energetic and disciplined kind of football under his regime but the Scot also seems to have embraced the maverick.
‘As we know, he likes a boast,’ grinned the Scot, clearly enjoying his time with The Hammers which on current form could last beyond his initial contract until the end of the season.
‘I think Marko knows if you want to run, you will play. Every week he is producing almost the highest sprinting stats in the league.
‘He is a handful. We have probably freed him up going from the wing to playing in the middle. There are times he needs a strong hand but his attitude has been excellent.’
West Ham's Mark Noble celebrates after opening the scoring against Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday
The Hammers captain scored in the 25th minute with a right-footed shot that beat Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl
Noble was all smiles on Saturday afternoon as David Moyes' side battered Huddersfield away from home to climb the table
It was telling that Arnautovic’s pressing led to West Ham’s opening goal and that probably pleased his manager as much as the technical brilliance for the second, or vision in creating two for Lanzini.
Moyes has four recognised strikers at the club but chose to partner Arnautovic and Lanzini up front and leave Andre Ayew and Javier Hernandez on the bench, with Andy Carroll (ankle) injured and Diafra Sakho’s future uncertain.
‘I can only pick the players I think can get me results,’ said Moyes.
Saturday was win No200 in the Premier League for the 54-year-old, joining a very exclusive club that has only three other members; Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Harry Redknapp.
West Ham's Pablo Zabaleta and Huddersfield's Rajiv van La Parra battle for the ball during the 4-1 win on Saturday afternoon
Joe Lolley of Huddersfield scores his side's first goal of the game to equalise against West Ham in the 40th minute
West Ham goalkeeper Adrian (centre) dives but fails to save Huddersfield's equalising goal in the first-half of the game
Lolley of Huddersfield runs to celebrate scoring the equaliser with his team-mates, which is his first league goal this season
It looked a long way off when West Ham struggled for the opening 25 minutes until they were gifted the lead. Huddersfield’s Joe Lolley miscontrolled a pass-out from goalkeeper Jonas Lossl and was pressured into losing the ball by Arnautovic.
Mark Noble was on hand to smash in the loose ball from 12 yards in front of the jubilant travelling support.
It was only Lolley’s second Premier League game and he will have been relieved when he scored a fine equaliser shortly before half-time, receiving a pass from Aaron Mooy and curling it in from the edge of the box.
‘It was important for his confidence after his mistake,’ said Terriers manager David Wagner.
Lolley was mobbed by his Huddersfield team-mates after levelling the score and was joined by the Terriers mascot
Marko Arnautovic restored West Ham's lead a minute after the break with a left-footed shot into the bottom left-hand corner
Arnautovic continued his fine form in front of goal against Huddersfield after suffering a difficult start to the season
Alas, it didn’t have any impact on the final result. West Ham dominated the second half, literally from the opening whistle. From kick-off Cheikh Kouyate flicked on a long ball and Arnautovic showed great quality to turn a half-chance into a goal.
Arnautovic was aghast when Lanzini had wastefully attempted a rabona instead of passing. But the Austrian showed he was the bigger team man by setting up his team-mate twice in five minutes to secure West Ham’s victory.
The first was a slide-rule pass for Lanzini, who was kept onside by Smith, to score with a low finish. Arnautovic’s final exist resulted from a strong run into the area that two defenders failed to stop, the ball ending at Lanzini’s feet to finish.
Arnautovic celebrates after scoring West Ham's second goal of the game against Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon
Manuel Lanzini scores West Ham's third goal past Lossl to put them two goals ahead of David Wagner's Huddersfield
Lanzini celebrates after scoring his first goal with team-mates Noble and Aaron Cresswell during West Ham's 4-1 win
Huddersfield are now below the Londoners in the table and the only consolation was an impressive debut from substitute Alex Pritchard, signed last week from Norwich.
Wagner confessed: ‘We were below-par and you can not make those kind of mistakes if you want to win points in the Premier League. My players are human though.’
For Moyes, a historic 200th win from his time with Everton, Manchester United, Sunderland and now West Ham was a welcome bonus to three points.
‘I’ve just been told,’ he said. ‘I am thrilled the players were able to get me that and thanks to all the other players in years gone by.’
West Ham manager David Moyes applauds the supporters following the Premier League match against Huddersfield
Huddersfield manager David Wagner looks dejected following a 4-1 defeat for his side which leaves them 13th in the table
Arnautovic deservedly got a standing ovation from the Hammers fans when he was replaced late on by Andre Ayew
As well as scoring West Ham's second goal, Arnautovic also provided the assists for Lanzini's two goals against the Terriers
Most watched Sport videos
- Henrikh Mkhitaryan: I've always dreamt of playing for Arsenal
- Henrikh Mkhitaryan's career in numbers
- Arsenal footballer Alexis Sanchez boards jet to Manchester
- Arsenal star Mesut Ozil enjoys a stroll around London
- Liverpool boss Klopp left frustrated after Swansea upset
- Premier League transfers: Sanchez and Mkhitaryan swap confirmed
- Arsene Wenger on Alexis Sanchez's decision to leave Arsenal
- Kyle Edmund in profile: Who is Britain's new tennis star?
- Tributes pour in for ex-England captain Jimmy Armfield
- Anthony Joshua on good form at Lucozade 'Made To Move' sesh
- 'My players needed this win': Zidane on Real trashing Deportivo
- 'We are not close to any deal': Wenger on signing Aubameyang