N.Forest 1-4 West Ham United FT




Final score - Nottingham Forest 1-4 West Ham United

Thanks for being with us this afternoon. I hope you enjoyed the game as much as I did, even if you didn't see it live! We'll be back after the international break for the visit of Portsmouth on 10 September. Before then, exclusive post-match reaction and highlights will appear on West Ham TV and whufc.com

96 mins - After five and a half minutes of added time, the final whistle is blown. The away fans greet the PA announcement of the scoreline with a loud cheer.

95 mins - The home fans are filing out. 'Is there a fire drill?' sing the away fans! Meanwhile, O'Brien does superbly to keep out Findley's shot on the line after he had got goal-side of Reid and beaten Green with a right-foot shot.

94 mins - The away fans try to suck in No5 as Taylor pulls the ball back for Nolan. He shoots from 25 yards and the ball hits Morgan and spins inches wide. West Ham take the corner short and try to keep the ball in the corner. Goal kick.

93 mins - Taylor has the ball in the net, but O'Brien is offside before he crosses from the right.

93 mins - Faye brings the ball clear in buccaneering style before finding Piquionne. He runs Lynch down the touchline before winning a throw.

91 mins - We're going to have FIVE added minutes...

89 mins - Reid takes a corner and Chambers wins it. McCartney sticks to his post and heads the ball around it for a corner. Forest keep up the pressure and eventually Faye is fouled as he dives to head clear.

89 mins - Faubert and Reid have a little argument on halfway and both men are booked for their troubles.

88 mins - Derbyshire shoots from about 25 yards. Green juggles it a bit and then collects.

85 mins - Forest build through Reid. He plays the ball wide left and the cross comes over, but Derbyshire's volley is wayward.

83 mins - If you can tell me the last time West Ham scored four goals in consecutive away league games, please tweet us @whufc_official

81 mins - Taylor picks out Faubert 25 yards out. He crosses and the ball is flicked behind for another corner. Taylor's delivery is deep and both Reid and Tomkins go for it. The No5 comes off worse and needs the physio on after getting a knock on the head.

81 mins - Nolan sends Piquionne away down the right and he wins another corner. They can't get a fifth, can they?

80 mins - The away fans are loving this, as well they might. West Ham have scored four goals in consecutive away games for the first time since... I honestly don't know!

77 mins - GOAL! Reid! Piquionne wins a corner and Taylor's initial corner is poor but he wins the ball back and crosses with his right foot. The ball bounces through to the unmarked Reid at the far post and he finishes with aplomb under Camp's body.

77 mins - I think West Ham have gone five at the back, but I am not sure.

76 mins - Reid takes the corner. Faubert's header flies straight up into the air and Green tries to punch but can't reach the ball. He and his team-mates want a free-kick, but play goes on and Cohen drags his shot wide.

74 mins - Cohen is now playing wide left. He cuts inside and shoots powerfully, but it hits McCartney. Forest come again and O'Brien is forced to head behind for a corner. Before it is taken, Collison is replaced by Faye.

73 mins - Forest have a free-kick on halfway. Reid lifts it over and the ball flicks off Green's arm and behind. The corner comes to nothing after Miller makes a hash of an acrobatic effort. The home fans have come alive.

72 mins - West Ham respond well and win a corner. Taylor takes it left-footed, but referee Mr Salisbury has spotted an infringement. Moments later, Nolan is booked for what I believe is dissent.

70 mins - GOAL! West Ham concede their first away goal of the season. Substitute Lynch is the provider, ending a slick move by crossing low for Findley to net from 12 yards. Game on?

69 mins - Piquionne wins a free-kick straight away from a throw. Free-kick is just outside the box wide on the left. Taylor curls the ball over and Camp punches clear of his box.

68 mins - Piquionne is on for Cole, who gets a good cheer and a song as he heads off.

67 mins - I think Frederic Piquionne might both be on soon. Before then, Taylor leaves Morgan clutching his below parts with a rasping shot from 30 yards.

64 mins - A double change from McClaren. McGugan is replaced by Andy Reid, while Derbyshire comes on for Majewski.

63 mins - Forest have a free-kick on halfway. They work it short and eventually McGugan forces O'Brien to poke behind. McGugan himself takes, but it's a high floater and Green collects.

62 mins - McClaren waves Matt Derbyshire back to the home dugout. He'll be on soon.

61 mins - Tomkins is looking so strong this season. Miller is a big bloke, but the No5 is more than holding his own in both the aerial and ground battles. He has also played his part at the attacking end too, of course.

58 mins - Forest make a change, with Boateng being replaced by Joel Lynch.

56 mins - Fantastic football from Noble and Nolan in the centre of the park and West Ham have the ball in Forest territory. Faubert receives and crosses dangerously towards Taylor. Morgan twists and dives to head clear.

53 mins - Reid jockeys Findley but the American gets his cross in. Green catches, but referee Mr Salisbury believes the Kiwi fouled the American... Forest work the free-kick from the byline to the edge of the box, but Nolan makes a brave block. Cohen launches the ball back in, but it's harmless and bounces behind for a goal kick.

51 mins - Forest come forward again through McGugan, whose low cross flicks off Tomkins and behind for a corner. Taylor heads clear before the ball is fed back in again. O'Brien heads out. Forest keep the pressure on and McGugan is again the threat, but his cross is just too high for Findley and floats behind.

49 mins - Gunter has time and space to cross, but Reid is there again with an important header before O'Brien smashes the ball out of the penalty area.

48 mins - It looks like the chances are going to keep flowing! Miller this time, shooting left-footed from 20 yards. Green is there, though, to dive to his left and clutch the ball low down.

47 mins - Nolan and Collison combine before the ball drops to Faubert. He shoots hard and low, the ball flicks off defender Chambers and inches over the top for a corner. Taylor crosses and Forest clear their lines.

46 mins - Forest kick-off and immediately attack through Cohen. He crosses deep and Taylor controls before clearing his lines.

The two sets of players are back on the pitch and Mull of Kintyre is playing again...

Half-time score - Nottingham Forest 0-3 West Ham United

48 mins - That's half-time. The home fans are not too impressed with their side's display so far. The away fans, I would suggest, quite enjoyed that 45 minutes. Join us again in around 15 minutes for the second half.

47 mins - Taylor wins a throw and that should be enough to get the Hammers through to half-time...

46 mins - The crowd is 21,379, with 2,690 of them enjoying a 3-0 lead.

46 mins - We're going to have at least two added minutes.

44 mins - Faubert is having a decent game. He wins a free-kick 35 yards out with a neat turn. West Ham keep the pressure on and Collison picks out O'Brien. His cross is headed back by Cole, but Morgan clears in front of Nolan. Forest break and Miller shoots from the edge of the box. The crowd rise, but so does the ball - it flies a yard over the top...

42 mins - I cannot believe Nolan has missed that. Cole gets in behind AGAIN. He crosses low, Faubert dummies and Nolan has all the time he wants to pick his spot. He side-foots the ball wide!

41 mins - Gunter crosses from the right with his left foot. The ball skips off the heel of Miller and behind for a goal kick.

39 mins - Noble launches a diagonal ball for Cole, who beats the offside trap. He tries to lob Camp, but the goalkeeper makes a good stop. Morgan gets to the loose ball first and hacks away.

38 mins - Reid heads clear and Boateng handles. He doesn't like the decision and remonstrates with Mr Salisbury. The referee books the Dutchman.

37 mins - Green kicks the ball out for Findley to receive treatment. When play restarts, his long clearance is flicked on by Cole, but Camp can allow it to bounce wide.

35 mins - That's three in three league games for Cole. He looks hungry, and West Ham look such a threat from set pieces. They are winning everything, and when they don't the second balls are all falling to men in claret and blue.

32 mins - GOAL! Cole! Unbelievable stuff! Taylor delivers the ball from the left and it flicks off a head to O'Brien, stationed just outside the box. He controls, crosses and Reid heads back across goal for Cole to glance home from about five yards.

31 mins - So close to another goal for the Hammers. Nolan forces a mistake and the ball drops to Faubert. He shoots and the ball flicks off a defender and JUST wide. Taylor's corner is cleared, but Nolan and McCartney work the ball back to the winger, who wins another flag-kick.

31 mins - Morgan volleys back to Camp, who is closed down by Cole and smashes the ball straight into the crowd.

30 mins - A third of the way through and it's been a frantic 30 minutes. West Ham have the lead, but they've ridden their luck a bit.

27 mins - O'Brien concedes a corner. Gunter takes and Nolan heads powerfully clear at the near post.

26 mins - What a save! Gunter sends over a superb cross to the far post and McGugan meets it flush on the volley. Green dives to his right and somehow keeps the ball out.

25 mins - This is an entertaining game! Miller gets goal-side of Reid and has Green to beat. He slides his shot past the goalkeeper's left hand but a yard wide of the near post.

24 mins - GOAL! Nolan! Cole does superby to pick the ball up wide on the left and run at Morgan. He gets between two defenders and wins a corner. Superb work. Taylor sends the corner to the back post for Tomkins. He nods back into the six-yard box and Nolan does the rest from close-range.

24 mins - Forest break from the back and McGugan has space in the centre of the park. He also has three team-mates to find, but instead shoots over from 35 yards.

23 mins - That's two league games in succession that West Ham have benefitted from an own-goal. Last week it was Patrick Kisnorbo of Leeds who did his bit for the Hammers.

21 mins - GOAL! Own-goal! The Hammers lead! West Ham break and Nolan and Cole are both involved before Taylor takes a touch and slams a low cross into the danger zone. Chambers swings his right leg and the ball spins into the bottom right-hand corner!

20 mins - This is getting a bit tasty. A couple of big challenges go in and then Miller goes down inside the box after running into Nolan. Referee Mr Salisbury waves away the protests.

19 mins - McGugan curls in a free-kick from the right wing after Reid is penalised for a foul on Miller. It looks as if the ball is bouncing into the far corner, but Green gets across to make a spectacular diving save. Corner. Cole wins it but can only head behind for another corner.

18 mins - A spell of possession ends when Taylor gifts the ball to Forest. Findley has it and it's three-on-three. The No24 tries to pick out Miller, but his pass hits a team-mate and O'Brien mops up.

16 mins - Cole closes down Morgan's clearance and the ball goes out for a throw. The work is applauded by Big Sam.

15 mins - Forest are on top here. McGugan cuts in from the left and plays a one-two, wrong-footing Tomkins. He reaches the edge of the box, but can only curl his shot over the top. That was a good chance.

14 mins - Miller is a right handful. Reid brings him down about 40 yards out. McGugan will take it. He shanks it a bit and the ball pings off two heels before Cole smashes it away.

13 mins - Nolan and Taylor combine down the left before Noble spreads play to O'Brien on the opposite flank. His cross finds Cole's head 16 yards out, but he can only glance the ball a couple of yards wide.

11 mins - Tomkins' free-kick is a bit short and Forest clear their lines and break down the right. Miller runs at McCartney and wins a corner. McGugan's corner finds Findley at the near post, but the striker can only head powerfully wide. Green isn't impressed with the marking.

10 mins - Green is forced to concede a throw as he controls a backpass before clearing into the stand. Forest work the ball around in the corner and win two more throw-ins. Eventually, Miller is dispossessed and Noble finds Cole on halfway. The striker is fouled by Morgan. Good hold-up play by Cole.

8 mins - Nolan loses possession on halfway and Findley collects. Collison hassles the American, who goes to ground. Free-kick. Forest take it short and the chance goes as Taylor volleys upfield.

5 mins - Findley turns away well in midfield and runs at the West Ham back four. Reid slides in and the ball bounces back to Green. He controls on his chest and clears.

4 mins - That's a great chance. Cole wins the ball inside the Forest penalty area. He holds it up and waits for support before back-heeling into the path of Faubert. It's on the Frenchman's left foot and he can only stab his shot into the side-netting from 12 yards.

3 mins - Positive start from West Ham. Collison pokes the ball to Faubert wide right. He crosses dangerously and Camp comes, but Gunter steps in to clear from the edge of his own six-yard box. Good cross, that.

2 mins - The ball drops to Noble from Chambers' header. He lofts it over in an attempt to play in Nolan, but Morgan holds off the No4 and Camp collects.

1 min - West Ham have the ball in the early going and Nolan and O'Brien combine before Noble is brought down on halfway. A chance to deliver a ball into the box already...

1.17pm - West Ham will kick-off shooting towards the Trent End...

1.16pm - For some reason, they are playing Mull of Kintyre over the PA system. Pardon my ignorance, but I don't know why...

1.13pm - Kevin Nolan and Luke Chambers lead the two sides out of the tunnel. Forest are in their red and white home kit, while West Ham are in their change colours of sky blue and claret shirts, sky blue shorts and sky blue and claret socks.

1.12pm - The away fans are making a right din in the stand to my right. They have filled the whole of the bottom tier, from what I can see. Anyway, here come the two teams...

1.08pm - Keep an eye out on West Ham TV for an exclusive interview with former Hammer Martin Allen. The Notts County manager is here today and gives his views on West Ham, Notts County loanee Cristian Montano and Sam Baldock, who he gave a senior debut during his time in charge at MK Dons.

1.05pm - The Hammers have headed back to their dressing room, while Forest's players are not far behind them. Not long until kick-off now...

City Ground

12.55pm - It's a lovely day here in Nottingham. The sun is out and it's quite warm. Both sets of players are out on what looks like a superb playing surface warming-up in the sunshine. Just to fill you in, Herita Ilunga has a slight groin injury, while Scott Parker has been left out as negotiations continue over his future.

12.25pm - That starting XI means Big Sam has made two changes to the starting XI that drew 2-2 with Leeds United last Sunday. Faubert and McCartney come in for Scott Parker and Herita Ilunga. Forest make three changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Leicester City last weekend, with Brendan Moloney, Matt Derbyshire and David McGoldrick making way for Radoslaw Majewski, Robbie Findley and Ishmael Miller. All three new boys scored in the 4-1 midweek Carling Cup second-round win at Wycombe Wanderers.

12.20pm - The teams are in -

Nottingham Forest: Camp, Gunter, Morgan, Chambers, Cohen, Majewski, Boateng, Greening, McGugan, Findley, Miller
Subs: Smith, Lynch, Reid, Derbyshire, Garner

West Ham United: Green, O'Brien, McCartney, Tomkins, Reid, Noble, Collison, Nolan, Taylor, Faubert, Cole
Subs: Boffin, Faye, Stanislas, Piquionne, Carew

12.05pm - Don't forget, you can get your team news first here on whufc.com or by following West Ham United on twitter here. The teams should be announced in about ten minutes or so. I'll have to jog up from the tunnel area, but I promise I'll have the lineups for you as quickly as possible!

12noon - The West Ham United squad arrived at The City Ground about 15 minutes ago. Should they win today, the Hammers will rise to fifth in the table and maintain their position in the heart of the promotion race.

Matt Taylor

Good morning/afternoon and welcome to the City Ground for this afternoon's npower Championship fixture between Nottingham Forest and West Ham United.

The Hammers are seeking a third straight away league win to start the 2011/12 campaign, while Forest are looking for their first home league win of the season, so the scene is set for a Sunday lunchtime feast of football.

Sam Allardyce's side will also be keen to bounce back after a week that saw them pegged back by a last-minute Leeds United equaliser last Sunday before being knocked out of the Carling Cup by Aldershot Town at the first-round stage.

West Ham have been perfect on their travels so far this term, winning at Doncaster Rovers (1-0) on 13 August and Watford (4-0) three days later. Forest, meanwhile, have drawn with Barnsley (0-0) and Leicester City (2-2) in their two home league games so far. Forest have also drawn with neighbours Notts County (3-3) in the Carling Cup first round, winning through on penalties.

Team news-wise, Big Sam welcomes back Abdoulaye Faye to his matchday squad, but new signing Sam Baldock - captured from MK Dons on Friday - will not be involved. John Carew and George McCartney could be set for their first league starts since joining - or re-joining - the club. The starting XIs and substitutes will be announced at shortly after 12.15pm.

Nottingham Forest: Camp, Gunter, Morgan, Chambers, Cohen, Majewski (Derbyshire 64), Boateng (Lynch 58), Greening, McGugan (Reid 64), Findley, Miller
Subs not used: Smith, Garner

West Ham United: Green, O'Brien, McCartney, Tomkins, Reid, Noble, Collison (Faye 75), Nolan, Taylor, Faubert, Cole (Piquionne 68)
Subs: Boffin, Stanislas, Carew