West Ham have certainly endured a turbulent summer, with numerous highs and lows in the transfer market followed by a woeful start to the new Premier League season.
Playing away from home in their first three matches, West Ham lost to Manchester United, Newcastle and Southampton before the international break before ending their sorry streak last night against a Huddersfield Town side who were yet to concede a goal prior to their visit to the London Stadium.
Slaven Bilic was under intense pressure heading into the side but the Hammers held strong, aided by a superb tactical decision that was certainly controversial at the time- replacing Javier Hernandez with Andre Ayew, who went on to score the second goal of the match.
There’s certainly a lot more work to do for the Hammers this season but a positive result in the first home game of the season will raise the hopes of Bilic’s side, heading into a fairly manageable run of games between now and the end of October.
West Ham tackle West Brom this weekend before hosting Tottenham Hotspur, then clashing with Swansea, Burnley, Brighton and Crystal Palace.
Bilic got it spot on tonight…Simple as that…Hopefully kick on now….Roll on W.Brom ⚒
— Brooker (@DannyBrooker5) September 11, 2017
Buzzing with the 1st win of the season. Obiang & Ayew with the goals. The players certainly turned up for him, that win was for you Bilic🙅💜💙
— MR ⚒ (@WHU_MR2013) September 11, 2017
Bilic being hailed, do me a favour. Against better opposition we lose that. Hernandez left wing, no strategy to our play. Allardyce football
— cb (@claretnblueHQ) September 11, 2017
Result will keep Slaven Bilic in a job for a little longer, but tactics uninspiring. He seems a little lost in that department #WHUHUD
— Tom Seymour (@tomseyms) September 11, 2017
dont let West Ham winning 2-0 distract you from the fact that Bilic isn't good enough
— Jack (@Jvckist) September 11, 2017
— Vic Singh (@vicsinghb) September 11, 2017
first time huddersfield have conceded ✔️
first win ✔️
bilic safe (for now) ✔️
what a first home game. and ayew, super sub of dreams
— aussie hammer (@HammerAussie) September 11, 2017
A clean sheet is massive. Watch Bilic go back to a 4-4-2 now and probably play Rice upfront! Papers over the cracks that win!
— Lewis John E (@C_O_Y_I) September 11, 2017
Bilic getting a bit of grief for subbing Chicharito but Ayew scored and changed the game 👍
— Lee Palmer (@leekpee) September 11, 2017
Thank god for the result
Formation needs more work
I would still sack Bilic
No confidence that he can improve the team
— John Moore (@Johnjam10John) September 11, 2017