West Ham United completed the double last season in defeating Huddersfield in both Premier League games. They won’t be able to do the same this season, as the home side was able to hold on to a 1-1 draw at the John Smith Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The Hammers were able to recover from an inauspicious start to give Huddersfield the early lead, as Alex Pritchard’s slowly hit shot somehow got past goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski in the 6th minute. It was an annoying goal to concede, and for the rest of the game Manuel Pellegrini knew that his side would really have to earn an equalizer against the only thing that Huddersfield can do well: bunker.
That impregnable nature from David Wagner’s side was prevalent throughout the first half and most of the second half, as West Ham didn’t have the space to recreate the attacking magic they had against Burnley seven days prior.
But Felipe Anderson was able to bring some of his quality form into this contest by scoring the tying goal in the 74th minute with a quality finish, as the Hammers were rewarded for a dominant second half. However, Huddersfield became a threat to win the match in the latter moments of the match, but Pellegrini’s defense was able to get a point of a contest that would have been inexcusable to lose.
With the third international break of the season here now, West Ham United’s next match will be in a fortnight’s time against formidable league leaders Manchester City at the London Stadium.