Andre Ayew reenacted last season’s super-sub performance as he came off the bench to register an assist and scored to help West Ham beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 in the Premier League.
The Ghana international who has struggled with form this season, coupled with fitness concerns from the international break, was dropped from the starting lineup for the first time on Monday night.
But an own goal from Zanka and a scrambled effort from Ayew got the Hammers off the mark with their first points of the season.
Amidst boos from Hammers fans, Andre Ayew was introduced into the game as a replacement for Javier Hernandez in the 64th minute.
In the build-up to the opener, midfielder Pedro Obiang picked up a sideways pass from Ayew and hit a shot from 25 yards. Defender Zanak made the mistake of turning his back and the ball cannoned off his shoulder and looped over keeper Jonas Lossl.
Three minutes later Ayew made it 2-0 from a corner.
Aaron Cresswell put the ball into the near post and Hammers’ centre half Jose Fonte caused havoc among the defence.
Ayew was there to poke home the ball from six yards and lift the gloom which had been hanging over West Ham after three successive defeats.
This is the Ghanaian’s second goal this season with the first coming against Cheltenham Town in the EFL Cup.