West Ham gives Bilic ideal birthday gift

Angelo Ogbonna of West Ham United arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and West Ham United at the Riverside Stadium

West Ham without four for Huddersfield game; Bilic has two available to return

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic admitted his relief after his team eased the pressure on him by beating Huddersfield and climbing off the bottom of the Premier League on Monday night. Join The Roar from 5am (AEST) for live scores.

According to BBC Sport, when asked after the win over Huddersfield why he brought off the forward, Bilic said: "You have to take a risk, Javier Hernandez was doing everything but we had good players on the bench".

Huddersfield Town, on the other hand, have surprised for all the right reasons.

"We are feeling that this stadium is now like our proper home", added the Croatian, who was celebrating his 49th birthday.

West Ham scored twice in the game, as many as in their previous four home league games combined.

The silver lining is that the Yorkshire club are still yet to concede a goal.

Sam Allardyce lauded Andy Carroll's powerful performance against Huddersfield Town in the Hammers' 2-0 win that marked their first league victory of the season.

West Ham's victory, secured by a deflected Pedro Obiang strike and an Andre Ayew tap-in, ended a run of three consecutive defeats in a awful start to the season.

"I am very pleased with the way we dealt with the hard situation that was created". We totally deserve it. "We're not over-excited because we know we didn't start the season well and we know we need to stay on the front foot and try to go and get something at West Brom".

"We weren't courageous enough, confident enough, we made so many unforced errors, so many poor decisions". West Ham's first win of the season also gave Bilic something to smile about on his birthday!

"Now we're going to smile for 48 hours but we have to get back to work straight away and get some points at West Brom".

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