Andy Carroll turned in a dominating performance for West Ham United as they kick started their season with a win over Huddersfield Town on Monday night.

The Hammers were without a Premier League victory this term going into the match, but fought their way to all three points at the London Stadium thanks to two scrappy goals deep into the second half.

In a game of few clear-cut chances, Javier Hernandez spurned the best of the opening period when he blasted Michail Antonio’s low cross against the bar from just outside the six-yard box.

Despite West Ham’s dominance, it took until the 72nd minute for the breakthrough to come, with Pedro Obiang’s speculative strike taking a huge deflection off Mathias Jorgensen to nestle in the corner of the Terriers’ net.

Five minutes later the game was safe when Huddersfield failed to clear a corner and Andre Ayew pounced to stab home from point-blank range.

The victory eased the pressure on manager Slaven Bilic and moved West Ham off the bottom of the table into 18th position, above Bournemouth and Crystal Palace.

The Croatian boss took a gamble in handing Carroll his first start of the campaign after a thigh injury, but the powerful forward led the line superbly and was a constant threat to the opposition’s defence.

Starting through the middle, the target man got up against the Huddersfield centre-backs and nearly opened the scoring inside two minutes, when he flashed an effort across the box after bringing down Jose Fonte’s long diagonal ball.

Carroll’s aerial ability was allied to an extraordinary work rate and his sheer physical presence gave the Irons a dimension that they have perhaps lacked so far this term.

Keeping him fit is now a top priority for Bilic, who will be all too aware of the 28-year-old’s dismal injury record over the last half a decade.

West Ham supporters were delighted to see Carroll back in action and he left them purring with an all-action display.

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