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West Ham beat Huddersfield with thrilling comeback

West Ham produced a thrilling late comeback to stop relegation-threatened Huddersfield Town moving off the bottom of the Premier League for the first time since December.

Huddersfield led 3-1 with barely 15 minutes left before substitute Javier Hernandez inspired an incredible turnaround.

After Angelo Ogbonna thumped in a header to make it 3-2, Hernandez – who was introduced by Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini at half-time – scored twice in the closing stages to spark jubilant celebrations at London Stadium.

“We came back pretty good with the effort of the whole team,” the Mexican said. “In the second half we weren’t sure if we could do it but we could.”

When skipper Mark Noble cracked in a penalty to put West Ham ahead, few could have predicted the drama which would unfold in east London.

Huddersfield arrived without a victory on the road since November – and a mountain of injury problems – but their confidence was not dented as they levelled almost instantly through Juninho Bacuna’s free header.

And the away fans had more to celebrate when a well-worked free-kick ended in young forward Karlam Grant sidefooting them ahead.

Grant, 21, cracked a thunderous 25-yard strike into the top corner after the break, leaving many inside London Stadium shellshocked and heading for the exits as the match approached the final 15 minutes.

But Ogbonna’s header gave the home side hope, before Hernandez’s headed double crushed Huddersfield and left them 16 points adrift of safety with seven matches left to play.

The Hammers consolidated their place in the top half as a result, staying ninth in the table – two points behind seventh-placed Wolves – after earning a third straight Premier League win at London Stadium for the first time.

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