West Ham United 3-2 Nottm Forest FT





Final score - West Ham United 3-2 Nottingham Forest

The fifth-round draw will be made at 4.10pm. We are ball No15.

94 mins - Hines loses the ball and Gunter crosses, but McGoldrick can only volley wide. Green clears and the final whistle is blown a few seconds later.

93 mins - West Ham are keeping the ball deep inside the Forest half as we go into the final minute of the four added on by referee Oliver.

92 mins - Obinna and Sears do well to keep the ball down by the corner flag before McGugan tugs back the Nigerian for a free-kick.

90 mins - We'll have four more minutes at least. Hines replaces Barrera for added time.

90 mins - McCleary comes forward and cuts inside Ilunga before his shot is blocked. The ball squirms wide left to Tyson, who drags his shot wide of the post.

89 mins - Kovac gets in a strong challenge and McGugan can't keep the ball in.

87 mins - A second change for the Hammers. Frank Nouble replaces Piquionne.

86 mins - Kovac loses possession in midfield and Forest come forward down their right. Gunter works some space and shoots low, but Green is there with some fine handling.

85 mins - I know this is tempting fate, but SBOBET were offering 100/1 on Obinna scoring first in a 3-2 West Ham victory this afternoon.

83 mins - Forest serve warning that they'll still be a threat as McGugan robs Jacobsen and his cross is headed behind by Reid. McGugan crosses and Morgan powers a header wide of the left-hand post. 'Ooooohs' from the visiting fans behind the goal.

82 mins - West Ham just need to find a fourth goal to rid the home fans of a nervous final few minutes. They've certainly created more than enough chances in this second half to have won two cup ties, let alone one.

79 mins - Sears does well initially to win the ball back. Obinna then plays him in but the youngster's cross for Piquionne is too high.

78 mins - Forest make their final change, replacing skipper McKenna with Garath McCleary. Before that, Jacobsen had done really well to get himself between McGugan and the ball and shepherd it out for a goal kick.

77 mins - The crowd is announced as 29,287.

74 mins - Mark Noble is replaced by Luis Boa Morte for the final 16 minutes or so. Noble gets a good clap on his way off.

73 mins - McGugan comes forward and plays a couple of one-twos before Reid gets across and stabs the ball into the East Stand. Good defending from the Kiwi. He's been strong this afternoon.

71 mins - Kovac gets in a strong challenge and Sears picks up the loose ball. He chooses to shoot instead of passing to Obinna and Camp makes a flying stop to claw the ball aside for a corner. Ilunga takes but the Forest No1 is there to claim,

70 mins - Forest have two corners in quick succession. The second is punched clear by Green and West Ham clear their lines.

68 mins - McGugan is now operating on the left and he cuts inside and shoots. Again, it is high and wide. Another change from Billy Davies as Majewski is replaced by Nathan Tyson.

67 mins - Another chance goes begging. Obinna plays in Piquionne and he's clear. The No30 takes a touch before shooting. The ball cannons off Camp's legs and then off Piquionne and behind for a goal kick.

66 mins - West Ham are creating chance after chance here. Obinna feeds Jacobsen and he pulls the ball back to Sears, whose first-time shot flies a few yards over the top. Forest make a change, with Robert Earnshaw replacing Adebola.

64 mins - Gabbidon gets back and half-blocks McGoldrick's shot through to Green. The goalkeeper bowls the ball out immediately towards Sears on halfway. Gunter handles and then kicks the ball away. Yellow card for the Welshman.

63 mins - Ilunga curls in a superb corner - how many different corner takers is that?! Piquionne tries to bundle the ball in at the near post, but it bounces a yard wide.

62 mins - Jacobsen comes down the right and crosses. Morgan heads clear straight to Barrera, whose shot is clawed behind by a diving Camp.

61 mins - Forest clear the initial corner but Jacobsen works the ball back to Reid. He controls and then plays a one-two before teeing up Piquionne. Camp makes a superb save. The ball bounces to Kovac and his left-foot shot is blocked.

60 mins - Barrera streaks away and has half a pitch in front of him. He tries to play in Sears but the ball is just a little too strong. Sears crosses and the ball hits Morgan and flies over the bar for a corner.

59 mins - Cohen curls over a corner and Piquionne volleys the ball clear at the near post. Forest are far from out of this tie.

58 mins - Obinna's hat-trick is the first scored by a West Ham player since Marlon Harewood - ironically an ex-Forest player - netted three in a 4-0 win over Aston Villa on 12 September 2005.

56 mins - Obinna is fouled wide on the West Ham left. Noble sends over a delicious free-kick that Reid goes for with everything he has got. Lynch is also there and the pair end up in a heap as the ball bounces inches wide of the far post.

53 mins - Forest try to make it 3-3 straight away. McGugan shoots from distance, but it flies well over the top.

52 mins - GOAL! Obinna tucks the penalty away to complete his hat-trick. The Nigerian celebrates with a trademark back-flip.

51 mins - Gunter hacks the ball behind for a needless corner. Jacobsen to take it. The ball is headed clear and when Sears lifts it back into the box, Reid is pulled back by Lynch. Penalty!

50 mins - West Ham have started fairly well since half-time, which hasn't always been the case in recent weeks. Now they need to turn some possession into chances.

48 mins - Barrera makes some space and crosses left-footed. Chambers flicks the ball on and Piquionne tries to latch on to it, but Gunter holds off the striker and Camp collects.

47 mins - Noble is fouled inside the centre circle. He leaps to his feet and tries to pick out Barrera but the ball is too strong.

46 mins - Nottingham Forest get the second 45 minutes underway. What does the second half have in store for us, I wonder? More goals, I'd venture.

No changes from either manager at the break.

Half-time score - West Ham United 2-2 Nottingham Forest

47 mins - It's been a strange half, to be honest. We've had four goals and it could have been a lot more. Referee Oliver brings the opening period to a close.

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

44 mins - Amazingly, West Ham have a good chance to make it 3-2 before half-time as Noble gets in behind the defence and shoots. Camp and Chambers combine to scramble the ball behind. The next corner sees a shot fly in and Adebola blocks.

42 mins - GOAL! Obinna! I have no idea whether he meant that or not, but the Nigerian drove down the left before unleashing a dipping strike that flew over Camp and into the net. He was literally five yards from the touchline when he let fly. It might have been deflected, but I'm not sure.

40 mins - GOAL! Ilunga is penalised for a lunging foul on Gunter. Cohen curls the free-kick over and Green can only paw it into the air. McGoldrick reacts quickest and bundles the ball over the line from a yard.

38 mins - It's gone a bit end-to-end here as Sears challenges Majewski and the Pole concedes a corner. Noble curls the corner over and the ball eludes Camp and hits Morgan on the back. The ball drops and bounces once before being hacked upfield by a defender.

37 mins - Forest have some pressure down their right flank. Noble slides in on McGoldrick and the ball flies behind for a corner. Cohen takes left-footed but Lynch can only head the ball wide of the far post. The left-back was falling backwards and could get no direction or pace on his header.

36 mins - Noble stabs the ball to Sears, who finds Ilunga with a clever pass. The DR Congo man takes a touch before feeding the ball back inside to Sears on the edge of the penalty area. He takes a touch before slicing a left-foot shot high and wide. To be fair to the No19, he has looked bright and inventive so far.

34 mins - It's all gone a bit flat in the last couple of minutes. A succession of niggly fouls in midfield have taken the rhythm out of the game.

30 mins - Forest work another opening and Lynch is there to stab the ball goalwards, but Green collects safely. West Ham break through Obinna and Piquionne before Ilunga wins a corner. Noble takes the set piece, but it's wasted.

27 mins - Noble releases Ilunga and his cross is volleyed behind for a corner by Lynch. Signs of life from the men in claret and blue. Obinna curls over the corner left-footed and Adebola stoops to head clear. Sears picks up the ball outside the penalty area, but his cross is too close to Camp, who catches.

26 mins - Barrera and Sears have switched wings. Barrera is now on the right and Sears on the left.

25 mins - Green punches a free-kick clear and Obinna has room to run. Piquionne steams up to his right but the Nigerian delays his pass and then over-hits it out for a goal kick.

24 mins - Forest are going to be ahead soon if this carries on. They have at least three or four shots from the edge of the box. The first two are blocked before McGoldrick drags his effort wide of the left-hand post. West Ham can't get out of their own half at present.

21 mins - Gabbidon tries to pass the ball back to Green but just knocks it out for a corner. The ball is cleared to Cohen, whose goal-bound shot is hacked off the line by Barrera for another corner. That is only half-cleared and Noble commits a foul wide on the Forest right. Cohen curls a wicked free-kick over that loops over Green and inches wide of the far post.

20 mins - Majewski himself takes the free-kick and it takes a nick off the wall and flies past the post. The corner is claimed by Green.

19 mins - Kovac gifts the ball to a Forest player and Majewski runs at the defence before being blocked off by Gabbidon a yard outside the penalty area. Gabbidon is booked.

18 mins - GOAL! Well it's been coming. McGoldrick finds Adebola and he pokes the ball inside the far post from about eight yards1

17 mins - Adebola outmuscles Reid and pokes the ball to Majewski. He shapes to shoot before passing to McGugan. Jacobsen ushers him away.

14 mins - Piquionne wins a header and Sears is fouled. A chance for a decent delivery into the penalty area... Unfortunately, the free-kick is clipped in with no pace and flicks off a Forest head and into the hands of goalkeeper Camp.

13 mins - The yellow-booted McGugan smashes the free-kick well over the top.

12 mins - You can see Forest are full of confidence as they pop the ball around inside the West Ham half. Majewski takes on Noble and is fouled 25 yards out. McGugan...

11 mins - Forest attack down the left this time and Sears concedes a throw. The ball is worked to left-back Lynch, whose cross is dangerous but eludes both Adebola and McGoldrick and flies across goal for a throw.

9 mins - Forest are having a good spell here. Gunter comes forward and swaps passes with McKenna before crossing low. Gabbidon blocks and Forest have a throw. McGoldrick handles and the Hammers have a free-kick.

8 mins - McGugan again, dancing past Kovac before dragging his shot well wide of the left-hand post from 18 yards. He is a lively customer is the Nottingham-born winger.

5 mins - Close call! Forest come forward and the ball is worked cleverly to McGugan inside the penalty area. He has some space, but flashes a left-foot shot wide of the post from about 12 yards.

4 mins - GOAL! Obinna puts the Hammers ahead. Jacobsen takes the corner and the ball is rolled to Noble 20 yards out. His shot is flying wide until Obinna sticks out a foot and diverts the ball into the net. Good start!

3 mins - Barrera makes some space and crosses. Piquionne heads down and Sears controls, only for his left-foot shot to hit a defender and bounce wide.

2 mins - Green's long clearance is headed on by Piquionne. The ball is poked away from Obinna by McKenna, only to roll to Sears. He takes on Lynch before screwing a shot off-target from 25 yards.

1 mins - We're underway, with West Ham attacking the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand end crammed full of Forest supporters. As you would expect, Jacobsen is at right-back and Ilunga at left-back, while Sears is on the right wing and Barrera is on the left.

2.01pm - West Ham will kick-off...

1.58pm - Here come the two teams, led by captains Robert Green and Paul McKenna.

1.55pm - Five minutes to go until our unusual kick-off time of 2pm. The Boleyn Ground isn't quite full, but there is still a very healthy crowd in. I am informed that the crowd could be in excess of 30,000.

1.50pm - New signing Demba Ba may not be involved today, but he is on the big screens telling West Ham fans how committed he is to keeping the club in the Premier League. On a separate matter, England coach Fabio Capello is among the spectators this afternoon.

1.45pm - West Ham United's official and very successful supporters team, West Ham United iFC, are on the look out for some new talent. For anyone interested in having a trial and/or putting themselves forward for selection, click here for more details.

1.40pm - Talking of West Ham old boys, Nottingham Forest of course have Chris Cohen in their starting XI this afternoon. The Academy graduate has been a revelation for Forest since joining them from Yeovil Town in 2007. Still only 23, Cohen has already passed 250 career appearances. Prior to moving to Yeovil, he made 22 first-team appearances for the Hammers, having made his first-team debut at the age of just 16.

1.35pm - A small piece of news that will be of interest to West Ham fans. Guillermo Franco has joined Argentine club Velez Sarsfield. The former Mexico forward, who spent last season at the Boleyn Ground, has linked up with Velez after spending the last six months as a free agent following his departure from the Hammers in June.

1.30pm - The two teams are out warming up on the pitch. The Nottingham Forest squad received a particularly vociferous welcome from their supporters sat away to my left in the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand. Forest have brought an impressive 5,800 fans with them this afternoon. I think we could be in for quite an atmosphere come kick-off.

Good afternoon and welcome to the Boleyn Ground for this afternoon's - FA Cup Sponsored by EON - fourth-round meeting between West Ham United and Championship promotion-chasers Nottingham Forest.

West Ham will be desperate to return to winning ways after two frustrating results in the past eight days - drawing 2-2 at Everton last Saturday courtesy of a last-minute Marouane Fellaini equaliser followed by Wednesday's agonising Carling Cup semi-final defeat at Birmingham City.

Forest, meanwhile, are on an eight-match unbeaten run in all competitions and have won their last three away matches. Billy Davies' side have not lost since going down 1-0 at Leicester City on 29 November 2010.

West Ham have won the FA Cup three times - in 1964, 1975 and 1980 - and defeated Barnsley 2-0 to reach the fourth-round stage. Forest, lifted the trophy in 1898 and 1959, won 2-1 at Preston North End in the third round.

Team news-wise, Avram Grant welcomes Frederic Piquionne and Victor Obinna back from suspension. Wayne Bridge has been given permission to play by parent club Manchester City and will be on the bench, but Gary O'Neil is cup-tied after appearing for Middlesbrough in the third round. Third new recruit Demba Ba is not involved.

Robert Green will captain the Hammers.

The two sides have met four times previously in the FA Cup, with West Ham holding a 3-1 all-time record in this competition. The most-recent meeting took place in the 2002/03 third round, when West Ham ran out 3-2 winners at the Boleyn Ground.

West Ham United: Green, Jacobsen, Reid, Gabbidon, Ilunga, Sears, Kovac, Noble (Boa Morte 74), Barrera, Obinna, Piquionne (Nouble 87)
Subs: Boffin, Bridge, Tomkins, Parker, Hines

Nottingham Forest: Camp, Chambers, Morgan, McGugan, Gunter, Cohen, McGugan, Adebola (Earnshaw 66), McGoldrick, McKenna (McCleary 78), Majewski (Tyson 68), Lynch
Subs: Smith, Moussi, Moloney, Rodney