Victory was the only thing required for West Ham Monday evening. And they indeed were able to get it.
It was a crucial home opening win for the Hammers at the London Stadium, as they defeated newly promoted Huddersfield Town 2-0, securing three massive points and ensuring manager Slaven Bilic of keeping his job for the time being. And they had a little needed luck facilitating a happy night in the end.
Pedro Obiang’s deflected shot from distance was impossible for Jonas Lossl to save, as the Hammers took their first lead of the season in the 72nd minute. Obiang’s fortuitous tally was also the first goal the Huddersfield keeper had conceded in their campaign.
More relief for the home side soon came five minutes after, when an Aaron Cresswell corner delivery found its way to substitute Andre Ayew’s foot. The Ghanian finished past Lossl from point blink range in the 77th minute for some essential breathing space for Bilic, his team and the Hammers fans to enjoy.
West Ham will hope their season has turned around completely with this result, as they will face West Brom in another battle of the Wests on Saturday at the Hawthrons.