Felipe Anderson's strike earns West Ham a draw after Huddersfield's fast start

Felipe Anderson's strike earns West Ham a draw after Huddersfield's fast start

There were few goals in West Yorkshire throughout the season, though it was clear in the first few minutes of the match that it would not be another terrible stalemate. With two porous defenses, it was a surprise in the end that only two goals were scored. Huddersfield, however, is disappointed by the chances he has created and missed that he has not scored all three points.

"We played very badly in the first half," said West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini. "We made a few changes and improved in the second, although not enough to win the game. Therefore, a draw was the right result. We had to try something different, even though we had played in the last few minutes with 10 men when Ryan Fredericks injured his ankle. It would have been a greater risk to continue in the same way. "

Huddersfield manager David Wagner said it was a frustrating afternoon for the home side's holders to stay in their last three games. "We were the team that created the big opportunities, we beat the post office and the bar, we were out of luck. We had dangerous situations but could not get the finishing touches. "

Steve Mounié almost scored after two minutes when he sent a header from a corner from Aaron Mooy. Lukasz Fabianski came to the rescue of the visitors and pressed the ball to the crossbar. Seconds later, West Ham stormed down the field – a delightful pass from Grady Diangana that hit Marko Arnautovic clearly. Jonas Lössl was only able to thwart him.

The home side took the lead a few minutes later when Alex Pritchard became the first Huddersfield player to score a goal this term. West Ham were only to blame, Issa Diop and Declan Rice lost possession in their own half to allow Pritchard to double Jonathan Hogg and cut off a low shot outside Fabianski.

Alex Pritchard celebrates after the leadership of Huddersfield.



Alex Pritchard celebrates after the leadership of Huddersfield. Photo: Matt West / BPI / Rex / Shutterstock

By the middle of the first half of the year, Huddersfield looked good enough for his lead and was a bit unlucky to be ahead. Philip Billing hit a post with a left-flank cross that fell over Fabianski's head, and after Diop lost the ball again, Florent Hadergjonaj Mounié and Fabianski went one-on-one, saving the keeper less than convincingly.

West Ham sent Javier Hernández into the second half and the substitute was almost immediately opened. Unfortunately for the traveling fans in the scoreboard end, he could not take it. Lössl jumped to his feet to stop his first effort, and although the gate remained unguarded as the ball shot up, Hernández headed off the six-meter line.

Pritchard was in the position to secure the game after an hour when he just barely missed Mouniés knockdown, but he did not have as much time as he imagined and Diop returned with a cover tackle to him to block shooting.

A poor finish from Mounié wasted another chance, only Fabianski could beat himself before West Ham recovered with just over fifteen minutes left. The impressive Felipe Anderson was at the start and at the end of the turn. He sent Robert Snodgrass to the Byline with a clever reverse pass before reaching the final goal after Arnautovic, Hernández and Michail Antonio had tried everything to transform Snodgrass's cross

A Mooy throw in front of his line prevented Diop from winning a winner for West Ham, even though they still had chances for the hosts in the closing stages to score a second goal. Erik Durm shot just past the edge of the penalty area before scoring a cross from the left in the last minute that Laurent Depoitre found in front of the goal in space. The deputy could not communicate decisively enough, which looks like the story of Huddersfield's season.

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