Ghana star Ayew eases pressure on under-fire Bilic

EPL By: Ambrose Udeme | 12/09/2017

Ghana star Ayew eases pressure on under-fire Bilic

Ghana star Andre Ayew was on target as West Ham eased the pressure on head coach Slaven Bilic with a vital win that brought high-flying Huddersfield back down to earth.

Pedro Obiang's heavily deflected goal was the moment of luck West Ham needed to set them on the way to their first points of the Premier League season as Huddersfield suffered their first defeat.

The Hammers, whose manager Slaven Bilic was under pressure after three successive league defeats, were below par - although the visitors offered little threat.

Javier Hernandez hit the bar in the first half, in one of West Ham's few clear-cut chances.

The breakthrough came in the 72nd minute when Obiang's 25-yard strike hit Mathias Jorgensen's back and looped over keeper Jonas Lossl.

It was the first goal that Huddersfield - or Lossl - have conceded in their first season back in the top flight.

And the second came five minutes later when substitute Andre Ayew - whose introduction for Hernandez was booed by West Ham's fans - turned the ball home from three yards out.

Huddersfield's major opportunity came with 10 minutes left as Thomas Ince hit the crossbar from the edge of the box.