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Javier Hernandez strike completes sensational West Ham comeback against Huddersfield

Hammers trailed 3-1 before Mexican substitute's two goals helped seal 4-3 win at London Stadium

West Ham substitute Javier Hernandez celebrates scoring his second goal to clinch a 4-3 victory against Huddersfield Town at the London Stadium. Reuters
West Ham substitute Javier Hernandez celebrates scoring his second goal to clinch a 4-3 victory against Huddersfield Town at the London Stadium. Reuters

Javier Hernandez came off the bench to score two late goals as West Ham United recovered to beat Premier League bottom club Huddersfield Town 4-3 at the London Stadium.

West Ham captain Mark Noble put the hosts ahead from the penalty spot in the 15th minute.

The lead, though, was short lived as Juninho Bacuna equalised with a header from a corner just two minutes later.

Huddersfield turned the match around when Karlan Grant made it 2-1 on the half-hour following a well-worked short free kick.

And Terriers forward Grant scored his second of the match with a shot into the top corner in the 65th minute.

Angelo Ogbonna pulled a goal back for the Hammers with a header from a corner in the 75th minute.

Hernandez then made it 3-3 with six minutes left, heading in a cross from fellow substitute Samir Nasri.

And with the 90 minutes up, the Mexico forward completed a remarkable recovery when he nodded in a chip from Felipe Anderson.

"We came back pretty good with the effort of the whole team. In the second half we weren't sure if we could do it, but we could," Hernandez said.

There was also late drama at Bournemouth, where Newcastle United fought back to earn a 2-2 draw after Matt Ritchie scored a superb volley deep into added time.

Ryan Fraser saw an early effort hit the outside of the post, but it was the visitors who broke the deadlock moments before half time through a curling free kick from Salomon Rondon.

The home side were back on level terms soon after the restart when Joshua King converted a penalty in the 48th minute after Nathan Ake had been brought down by Federico Fernandez.

King got his second of the afternoon in the 81st minute from a pass by Dominic Solanke, which looked to have secured Bournemouth all three points.

Newcastle, though, earned themselves a share of the spoils following Ritchie's superb finish from a cross by DeAndre Yedlin.

"It was a a good one, one of my better ones," said Ritchie. "I saw it coming and managed to keep my eye on the ball. It was like a swinger and I got a good connection and it went in the goal.

Updated: March 16, 2019 09:21 PM

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