Huddersfield finally lose: 5 things we learned from West Ham 2-0 Huddersfield Town

West Ham United took on Huddersfield Town for the first time in 45 years in this week's Monday Night fixture, but what were the main talking points from the match?

West Ham finished the evening with all three points from a slice of luck through Pedro Obiang’s massively deflected goal, which gave them the lead against Huddersfield Town.

Slaven Bilic will be relieved at the result given the pressure he’s under for three successive losses prior to last night’s win, but the Hammers were sub-par at the London Stadium and better opposition would have punished them.

It took until the 72nd minute before West Ham found a breakthrough, with Obiang’s 25-yard effort deflected off Mathias Jorgensen’s back and over ‘keeper Jonas Lossl.

Andre Ayew turned the ball home from three yards to double the lead after replacing Javier Hernandez, an unpopular decision that attracted boos from the crowd.

Here are five things we learned from the London Stadium.

  1. 1 Organised Huddersfield lack some quality

    If Crystal Palace's recent sacking of Frank de Boer highlights everything wrong with modern football, Huddersfield Town are showing a lot of what is right with it.

    The Terriers made it to the Premier League on a relatively shoe-string budget and have the lowest wage bill of any top-flight side.

    Despite their financial disadvantage, David Wagner has forged an organised and disciplined side that more than held their own for 70 minutes yesterday.

    Take nothing away from Town's start to the season, though, they still sit in a lofty sixth place and hadn't conceded a goal before this game.

    Goalkeeper Jonas Lossl would've become just the fourth stopper to keep four clean sheets in their first four matches in the Premier League era, had he got another last night.

    The issue, though, is that Huddersfield lack quality up front. They were naïve in their approach to the game, thinking they could defend crosses for 90 minutes, and failed to produce anything on the counter.

  2. 2 A long way to go for West Ham

    On the surface, a 2-0 victory would appear to be a solid win for the Hammers, especially given their struggles at The London Stadium last season.

    In reality, though, the East London club regularly misfired in front of goal.

    It took a gigantic slice of luck for the home side to take the lead, Pedro Obiang's shot deflecting and going in the opposite corner to what he intended.

    Lossl was a spectator. It was fortunate, but ultimately, deserved. 

    Saturday's match away to West Brom will be a much tougher test for the Irons.

  3. 3 Bilic needs time to craft his Hammers

    As I alluded to in the previous paragraph, West Ham are a long way from successfully integrating the new players into their squad.

    Most people will agree that Sullivan and Gold completed some excellent signings in this recent summer transfer window, but clubs can become a victim of their own success.

    Joe Hart, Javier Hernandez, Pablo Zabaleta and Marko Arnautovic are all newcomers to the side and require time to settle in. In addition, the players already at the club also need to adapt to their new teammates. 

    The man that perhaps needs the most time, though, is manager Slaven Bilic. 

    The Croatian guided West Ham to a Europa League place two seasons ago, but some of the Claret and Blue faithful seem to have short memories, with some calling for his exit before this match.

    Better the devil you know, but Bilic is a great manager and will succeed with a team of this quality if given the chance.

  4. 4 The importance of the John Smith Stadium

    They say home form keeps you in the division and away form wins it.

    Despite being top for a day at the start of the season, the Terriers will not win the Premier League, but the first part of that saying is crucial to the West Yorkshire club.

    They must make the most of their matches at the John Smith's stadium if they're to stave off relegation. 

    I believe Wagner's men can achieve this, though, as I can see Huddersfield doing a similar job to the one Burnley managed last season. A solid and hard-to-beat side at home but struggling on the road, despite their best efforts.

    It's very early days but if I supported a top-flight side, I wouldn't be looking forward to my team travelling to Huddersfield.

    There won't be many comfortable matches for away sides there. 

  5. 5 London Stadium still doesn't feel homely

    Like Tottenham at Wembley, West Ham are finding it difficult to adapt to their larger ground and pitch.

    The possible reasons behind this have been well-documented, but the fact remains that Upton Park was a much more formidable and intimidating ground than the Olympic Stadium.

    In time, the Hammers will make a home out of their new surroundings, I have little doubt about that, but they're some distance off doing that at the present moment. 

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George Howson

23-year-old F1 & Football fanatic from Yorkshire who tells it as it is. Outside of writing, I'm a photographer, podcaster and Engineering graduate.