It was truly the most enjoyable second half of the season for West Ham United, as they exploded with three goals in the final interval to blow out Huddersfield Town 4-1 at the John Smith Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Both Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini were the catalysts for the best day of David Moyes’ time as the Hammers manager, as the front two were rampant on a home side who started the match with more energy, only to be pulverized in the end.
David Wagner saw his team’s good start to the contest go away in the 25th minute, when misplays by Jonas Lossl and Joe Lolley lead to Mark Noble taking advantage to score his 50th career goal for a 1-0 lead. Lolley would make up for his embarrassing moment, with a terrific individual finish in the 40th minute to equal the contest.
It was 1-1 into the break, but it surely would not even be that same score even one minute into the second half, as the Hammers took the lead again with Arnautovic scoring superbly off a long kick right at the restart.
The good times for West Ham vs Huddersfield this season continued ten minutes later, when Lanzini finished from clinically to make it 3-1. And to put an exclamation point on a banner second half day, Arnautovic and Lanzini connected once again for the Argentine’s brace just five minutes later in the 61st.
West Ham United completed the season sweep of Huddersfield and unfortunately won’t play them again, at least in the Premier League, for the rest of the season. Moyes will hope the joy continues next Saturday against Bournemouth. But first, an FA Cup third round replay against Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday is up next for the Hammers.