Huddersfield Town 1 West Ham United 1: Pritchard goal earns Terriers point

Huddersfield Town's Alex Pritchard celebrates scoring.
Huddersfield Town's Alex Pritchard celebrates scoring.
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Missed chances cost Huddersfield Town two points after they were held to a 1-1 with West Ham United at the John Smith's Stadium.

Alex Pritchard fired the hosts in front, but failed to take a deserved second goal after several good chances were spurned, and Felipe Anderson equalised for the Hammers in the second half.

Town made an excellent start. Hammers goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski had to be alert to palm the ball away from the on-rushing Aaron Mooy.

From the resulting corner, Steve Mounie went close with a powerful header which smashed against the crossbar.

But after Terriers stopper Jonas Lossl saved a one-on-one with Marko Arnautovic, home midfielder Alex Pritchard scampered forward and seemed to catch Fabianski out with a low shot which lacked pace but crept inside the post.

It was the first goal a Huddersfield player had scored at home since Tom Ince back in April, last season.

Amazingly, Town hit the woodwork for a second time inside the opening 16 minutes when Philip Billing's cross evaded everyone, hit the inside of the post but rolled away to safety.

The hosts were dominant, but they had to be alert to the counter-attack from West Ham. Felipe Anderson drove down the left flank, only to see Schindler produce a fine block.

Mounie had a glorious chance to make it 2-0, after the visitors were caught in possession at the back, but Fabianski rescued his defenders with a low save down to his left.

Town were forced into a change before half-time, Chris Lowe stretchered off - with what looked a shoulder injury - to be replaced by Erik Durm.

West Ham also made a change at the break, bringing on Chicharito for Grady Diangana to provide more of an attacking threat.

And the former Manchester United striker spurned a great chance to equalise, heading onto the top of the goal with Lossl beaten.

Pritchard fired wide, under pressure from Issa Diop, after breaking clear, while at the other end Pedro Obiang headed Robert Snodgrass's corner across goal, but wide of the far post.

Mounie wasted a great chance to make it 2-0, when he muscled his way clear chasing a bouncing ball, only to scuff his shot from several yards out straight at Fabianski.

And the hosts were punished for their missed chances, when after failing to clear the danger as the ball pinged around the box, Anderson twisted before blasting the ball into the top corner.

It took a superb goal-line clearance from Australian midfielder Mooy to deny Diop, whose header from Snodgrass's corner on 78 minutes looked a certain goal.

And twice in stoppage time, Town had chances to snatch a winner. But substitute Laurent Depoitre twice went agonisingly close to prodding home teasing crosses.