Marko Arnautovic turned in an excellent performance as West Ham United came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw in the Premier League against Leicester City on Friday night.
The Austrian was industrious out of possession and showed the kind of quality on the ball that fans have been expecting to see since his arrival from Stoke City over the summer.
Marc Albrighton put the away side ahead at the London Stadium in the eighth minute of the match, capitalising on a mistake from Angelo Ogbonna to slide the ball past England goalkeeper Joe Hart.
The Foxes continued to put pressure on their hosts with a number of swift counter-attacks and could have doubled their lead when Jamie Vardy curled an effort past the post from a tight angle.
However, the Hammers deserved credit for staying in the contest and grew as a force as the game went on, equalising just before half-time with Cheikhou Kouyate’s close-range header.
Roared on by the home crowd, West Ham dominated the second half without creating any gilt-edged chances, substitute Andre Ayew going closest with an overhead kick that looped just over Kasper Schmeichel’s crossbar.
Overall it was an improvement on last weekend’s disappointing display in the defeat to Watford and it earned David Moyes his first point as Irons boss in his second match at the helm.
Arnautovic drew particular praise as he constantly looked to get at the Leicester backline and even dropped in to help out his own defence when they were under pressure in the first half.
A standing ovation greeted the 28-year-old when he was substituted in the 69th minute, a far cry from the criticism he received throughout his opening months in claret and blue.
Supporters were quick to praise their man on Twitter, with the best of the reaction below:
Arnautovic looking a lot better tonight … must be over that life threatening thumb injury !!!! #coyi ⚒
— Glen H ⚒ 🏴 (@Glen_WHU64) November 24, 2017
Team looked better ✔️
Looked more organised ✔️
Didn't collapse after conceding✔️
Marko Arnautovic played one of his best games✔️
— Christian Roberts 🏴 (@ChistianRoberts) November 25, 2017
— Chris (@Chris_Maidstone) November 25, 2017
Proud of the boys. Much improved. Disappointed with a point which says a lot. 👏 Arnautovic COYI ⚒⚒
— D.C. Irons (@DC_Irons) November 25, 2017
Arnautović put in a shift tonight. Well done fella👍
— Nicko (@nicko_COYI) November 24, 2017
Positives: Obiang, Masuaku & Arnautovic, the effort, the fitness.
Negatives: Carroll needs to be shot.
Crowd was up for it tonight and I’ll take the point. Step in the right direction!#COYI ⚒
— Connor Humpage (@connorahumpage) November 24, 2017
Tonight’s game was a lot better. Showed a bit of fight and determination. Sloppy goal to let in, and probably deserved a win. Arnautovic and Massuaku both had great games. #WHUFC #COYI pic.twitter.com/VQitqQ6m7q
— Chris Adams (@ChrisAdams014) November 24, 2017
Thought West Ham were ok tonight. There was actually a midfield. Shape was better. People got back more quickly. Looked like a greater sense of purpose. Arnautovic played well. Tough run of games ahead #coyi #whufc
— Jon (@JDL_1989) November 24, 2017
Overall, so much better. Arnautovic our best player, Lanzini our worst #COYI
— David Norton (@DavidBNorton) November 24, 2017
Definitely some positives, they didn't give up, Arnautovic put in a shift again, things to work clearly is the final ball. Coyi
— Stuart Dillon (@StuartDillon1) November 24, 2017
Great performance from arnautovic!!!
— Paul Holden (@paulholdenwhu) November 24, 2017
Arnautovic different class tonight #COYI
— Daf Phillips (@Daf_Phillips) November 24, 2017