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Nottingham Forest 5-0 West Ham United

By Mandeep SangheraBBC Sport
Djamel Abdoun scores a penalty for Nottingham Forest against West Ham

Jamie Paterson scored a hat-trick as Nottingham Forest added to West Ham's woes by knocking the struggling Premier League side out of the FA Cup.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce fielded a youthful side and the visitors went behind to a Djamel Abdoun penalty after George Moncur tripped Paterson.

Forest were dominant, and Paterson angled in the second before slotting in from eight yards to make it 3-0.

Paterson drove home his third before Andy Reid sealed a comfortable win.

Whether Forest's win counts as an upset is debatable considering the team selected by Allardyce, but the comprehensive manner of the defeat will only add to the pressure on the West Ham boss.

Allardyce said before the game that the FA Cup fell behind top-flight survival and the Capital One Cup semi-final against Manchester City in his priorities, and also bemoaned the injury problems he is having to contend with.

He fielded three debutants at Championship promotion chasers Forest in Danny Whitehead, Callum Driver and Sebastian Lletget, as well as handing George Moncur his first start.

And Allardyce's decision to put the emphasis on youth soon backfired.

Moncur's over-exuberance resulted in the midfielder making a rash challenge on Paterson, and Abdoun nonchalantly chipped in the resulting penalty.

Ravel Morrison had a dipping 22-yard free-kick tipped over by Forest keeper Karl Darlow, but the visitors struggled to make any impression as they were outplayed by the East Midlands side.

Forest striker Greg Halford found himself in on goal after a fortunate deflection and only a last-ditch sliding tackle from Driver denied him the chance to shoot from close range.

Halford, who had scored three goals in as many games operating as a makeshift forward, then headed another chance straight at keeper Adrian following a well-worked move.

The home side's main regret would have been they were not further ahead, and that feeling was compounded when Eric Lichaj was through on goal only to have his low shot saved, with Henri Lansbury shooting high from the rebound.

Forest's inability to turn their dominance into more goals was almost punished as the visitors briefly rallied after the break.

Lletget had a deflected shot parried away by Darlow, who also had to palm a Morrison shot wide before the home side's nerves were settled.

Paterson made the most of Halford holding off a defender to latch onto a loose ball, surging into the area and finishing with a drilled left-foot shot.

The forward then made the most of a Lansbury lay-off to drive in his second via a deflection before completing his hat-trick with a powerful shot after running across West Ham's box.

The Hammers fell apart and, after Reid shot home, referee Martin Atkinson's final whistle was all that could end their misery.

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies:

"I think someone was waiting to be hit for four or five here. Our play has been very good and we created a host of chances, I'm delighted with the way we played.

"I have to say we know [West Ham boss] Sam Allardyce has bigger fish to fry... We know he has injuries like ourselves.

"But before the game we were concerned, because in [Stewart] Downing and [Matt] Jarvis, [Modibo] Maiga and [Ravel] Morrison they had £20m of talent in the front four. We had to make sure we were up for the game, I wish I had £20m worth of front players because they have very good players."

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Nottm Forest

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Darlow
  • 18Jara
  • 2LichajSubstituted forHardingat 58'minutes
  • 10Lansbury
  • 16Lascelles
  • 25Hobbs
  • 39Abdoun
  • 6Moussi
  • 15HalfordSubstituted forCoxat 75'minutes
  • 11Reid
  • 21PatersonSubstituted forDerbyshireat 83'minutesBooked at 87mins


  • 3Harding
  • 12Mackie
  • 17Miller
  • 26Evtimov
  • 27Derbyshire
  • 28Majewski
  • 31Cox

West Ham

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 13Adrián
  • 7Jarvis
  • 23DowningSubstituted forTurgottat 64'minutes
  • 27Potts
  • 18DiarraSubstituted forBurkeat 55'minutes
  • 39Driver
  • 31Whitehead
  • 35LletgetBooked at 45mins
  • 11Maiga
  • 15Morrison
  • 34MoncurSubstituted forFanimoat 55'minutes


  • 29Spiegel
  • 32Lee
  • 36Turgott
  • 41Fanimo
  • 42Maguire
  • 43Gordon-Hutton
  • 44Burke
Martin Atkinson

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 5, West Ham United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 5, West Ham United 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Djamel Abdoun with a cross.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Nottingham Forest 5, West Ham United 0. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Djamel Abdoun following a fast break.

  5. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Gonzalo Jara.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matthew Jarvis (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Djamel Abdoun.

  8. Booking

    Matt Derbyshire (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Matt Derbyshire (Nottingham Forest).

  10. Post update

    Adrián (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Guy Moussi.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Reece Burke.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Andy Reid.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Djamel Abdoun.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matt Derbyshire replaces Jamie Paterson.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest).

  18. Post update

    Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Nottingham Forest. Simon Cox tries a through ball, but Daniel Harding is caught offside.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Nottingham Forest 4, West Ham United 0. Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy Reid.