Lossl saved a header from James Collins which deflected off his marker’s back, and Carroll, causing all sorts of problems, headed a over.
There was pace and purpose from Antonio, fire and fury from Carroll. Controversy too with Winston Reid not even booked after accidentally kicking Philip Billing in the face as he fell backwards.
But the Terriers didn’t own the division’s best defensive record for nothing, and by half time, with all the noise already sucked out of the building, they had faced only one shot on target.
The Hammers were straight back at it after the break, raining in crosses for Carroll to chase. But it was all a bit too predictable.
Huddersfield had offered little threat themselves, and it took until the 55th minute for Billing to force Joe Hart into a save with an optimistic effort from 30 yards.
But the longer it went goalless the more you could sense the tension in the air. Bilic had to act, and he did so by throwing on Ayew for Hernandez.