March 16, 2019 / 5:10 PM / 2 months ago

Soccer-West Ham leave it late to see off spirited Huddersfield

* West Ham United beat Huddersfield Town 4-3 in Premier League

* Javier Hernandez scored a late brace to seal the win

* West Ham took the lead in the first half through Noble’s penalty

* Huddersfield responded quickly through Bacuna’s header

* The visitors scored again when Grant swept in after a free kick

* The striker fired in his second from distance to make it 3-1

* Ogbonna pulled one back before Hernandez levelled the scores

* West Ham host Everton next, Huddersfield visit Crystal Palace

WEST HAM UNITED 4 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 3

March 16 (Reuters) - Substitute striker Javier Hernandez scored a late brace including a stoppage-time winner to help West Ham United beat Huddersfield Town 4-3 in a roller-coaster Premier League clash on Saturday.

The Mexico international, whose diving header had made it 3-3 with six minutes left, nodded the ball in again from Felipe Anderson’s cross to send the London Stadium crowd into raptures.

Defender Angelo Ogbonna had given the home side hope with a header from Aaron Cresswell’s corner after Huddersfield scored three goals in a league match for the first time this season through Karlan Grant’s double and a Juninho Bacuna strike.

Earlier, West Ham took the lead in the 15th minute through skipper Mark Noble who drilled his penalty past goalkeeper Jonas Lossl after midfielder Manuel Lanzini was brought down by teenager Aaron Rowe.

The visitors responded almost immediately with their first shot on target as an unmarked Juninho Bacuna rose well to meet fellow midfielder Aaron Mooy’s whipped corner with a powerful header past Lukasz Fabianski.

Huddersfield went 2-1 up late in the first half with a well-worked free kick routine that led to Grant tucking in Chris Lowe’s low cross from the left. Grant’s second was a powerful effort from distance in the second half. (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)

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