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Forest fire too much for second string West Ham side in cup thrashing

Nottingham Forest's Jack Hobbs (right) and West Ham United's George Moncur battle for the ball during the FA Cup Third Round match at the City Ground, Nottingham. Nottingham Forest's Jack Hobbs (right) and West Ham United's George Moncur battle for the ball during the FA Cup Third Round match at the City Ground, Nottingham.

Sunday, January 5, 2014
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FA Cup third round: Nottingham Forest 5 West Ham United 0

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Nottingham Forest's Djamal Abdoun (2nd right) scores the opening goal of the game against West Ham United from the penalty spot.Nottingham Forest's Djamal Abdoun (2nd right) scores the opening goal of the game against West Ham United from the penalty spot.

The Hammers were humbled and humiliated at the City Ground, where a five-star Forest display sent Sam Allardyce’s side crashing out of the FA Cup in spectacular style.

It was men against boys as Billy Davies’ team ran riot against a young West Ham United team that finished the match with five debutants and chants of: “You’re getting sacked in the morning,” ringing in manager Allardyce’s ears.

West Ham United's Manager Sam Allardyce watches his side playing Nottingham Forest from the stand.West Ham United's Manager Sam Allardyce watches his side playing Nottingham Forest from the stand.

An early penalty by Djamal Abdoun gave the Championship side an interval lead, before Jamie Paterson hit a quick-fire, 13-minute hat-trick and Andy Reid rounded off the scoring on a dismal afternoon for the visitors, who played out this disaster on live national television.

A cocktail of injuries, an impending midweek Capital One Cup semi-final at Manchester City and next Saturday’s relegation cruncher at Cardiff City, predictably led to Allardyce naming a youthful Hammers side as he made nine changes to the team that sunk without trace in the New Year’s Day downpour at Fulham.

Indeed, only Alou Diarra and Modibo Maiga retained their places as a trio of full debuts were handed to Danny Whitehead, Sebastian Lletget and Callum Driver, while babysitters were needed on the bench too, where new signing Jaani Gordon took his place for the first time alongside fellow fresh faces Sean Maguire, Reece Burke and Blair Turgott.

In contrast Davies made just two switches from the team that had drawn 1-1 at Reading on Wednesday, as Abdoun and Guy Moussi came in for Nathaniel Chalobah and substitute Jamie Mackie.

And with just a dozen minutes on the clock, Forest - lying handily in fifth-spot in the Championship – soon showed West Ham United that league positions counted for nothing, when they took the lead against Big Sam’s visitors, sitting in 19th place in the Premier League.

With the Hammers lining up with three at the back, Paterson prodded and probed his way down the left flank and, although the danger was initially cleared, when the ball broke back to the Forest winger, he was upended by the wrong-footed George Moncur.

Referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot without hesitation and, equally, an arrogant Abdoun did not need to think twice about coolly clipping the ball over the diving Adrian with the deftest of penalty kicks, to claim his first Forest goal.

Midway through the half, Ravel Morrison, whose fancy footwork was one of the few bright moments on a murky Midlands afternoon, almost levelled with a 20-yard free-kick but Karl Darlow managed to palm the mercurial midfielder’s dipping, curling effort over the crossbar.

On the half-hour, Forest thought that they should have had a second spot-kick, when Greg Halford went down under the challenge of Danny Potts but this time all appeals for a penalty were waved away and, shortly afterwards, Jamaal Lascelles tried his luck with a 30-yarder that was well held by Adrian.

Ten minutes before the break, the marauding Moncur almost atoned for giving away that earlier penalty with a searching run into the heart of the Forest defence but, after slipping an inch-perfect ball to the hitherto isolated Maiga, the Mali striker took one touch too many and the chance was soon lost.

At the other end, Halford saw his downward header saved by Adrian and the Spanish keeper then came to the rescue of his team-mates, once more, when he thwarted Eric Lichaj with his feet before ex-Hammers loan star Henri Lansbury fired the rebound over the top to restrict Forest to that one-goal lead at the interval.

Just after the restart, Abdoun’s low 12-yard shot was saved, while at the other end, breaking skipper Stewart Downing and then Whitehead had shots deflected for corners, before young Burke and Matthias Fanimo replaced the hobbling Alou Diarra and Moncur.

Lletget, who had been booked for felling Abdoun on the stroke of half-time, then saw his low 15-yarder beaten away by Darlow and, on the hour, the Forest keeper diverted Morrison’s angled shot around his near post as West Ham finally started to give their 2,977 vociferous followers something to cheer.

But Paterson would soon silence them with a stunning 13-minute hat-trick.

On 65 minutes, he drilled a low, angled 15-yarder in-off the base of Adrian’s left-hand post after the towering Halford fought off the attentions of the bullied Burke.

And six minutes later, he collected from Lansbury and prodded beyond Adrian from eight yards to treble the Forest lead.

Although Turgott, having replaced Downing, almost marked his debut with an 18-yard shot that deflected just an inch or so over the angle, it was that man Paterson who would hit the target, when he strode through West Ham’s deflated defence before unleashing a low 15-yarder to claim the match-ball.

Paterson had already left to a standing ovation by the time that Reid rounded off the rout in stoppage time after Abdoun charged down the left flank before squaring into the six-yard box where the Forest skipper powered the ball into the roof of the net.

FOREST (4-4-2): Darlow: Lichaj (Harding 58), Jara, Lascelles, Hobbs; Reid, Paterson (Derbyshire 83), Moussi, Lansbury; Halford (Cox 75), Abdoun. Unused subs: Evtimov, Mackie, Derbyshire, Majewski, Miller.

HAMMERS (3-5-1-1): Adrian; Driver, Potts, Diarra (Burke 55): Downing (Turgott 64), Jarvis, Moncur (Fanimo 55), Whitehead, Lletget; Morrison: Maiga. Unused subs: Spiegel, Lee, Maguire, Gordon.

Bookings: Lletget (45), Derbyshire (87).

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Attendance: 14,397

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