Nottingham Forest match preview





• The City Ground is the destination for West Ham United on Sunday as they play Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup with Budweiser third round.

• Sam Allardyce's team will be hoping to carry their Capital One Cup form into the FA Cup having beaten Cheltenham Town, Cardiff City, Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur to set-up a semi-final with Manchester City.

• Coming into this match West Ham are without a win in seven Barclays Premier League matches including a 2-1 defeat at Fulham on New Year's day.

• At this stage of the competition last year the Hammers suffered defeat when they were knocked out by Manchester United after a replay. The tie saw James Collins score two headers from assists by Joe Cole, who was making his second 'debut' following his return to the Club.

• West Ham have won their last four meetings with Sunday's opponents, including a 3-2 win the last time the sides met in the FA Cup - a fourth round tie at the Boleyn Ground on 30 January 2011. Victor Obinna netted a hat-trick in that tie.

• Nottingham Forest are currently fifth in the Sky Bet Championship after a last-minute goal from Reading held them to a 1-1 draw last time out. That result meant Billy Davies' side made it seven league matches without defeat ahead of Sunday's match.

• In the third round last year the Reds slipped to a 3-2 home defeat by League One side Oldham Athletic.

• The last time the two clubs were paired together at this stage of the FA Cup, Forest travelled to the Boleyn Ground and were beaten 3-2 on 4 January 2003. Joe Cole scored in that game.

Team News

West Ham United

• Mark Noble picked up a calf injury against Fulham and will miss the game with Winston Reid (ankle), Andy Carroll (foot) and Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) all other confirmed absentees.

• James Tomkins (groin) and James Collins (calf) will not be risked so Sam Allardyce may choose to opt for Dan Potts and Leo Chambers to fill in at the back.

• Ravel Morrison (groin) may be fit to feature but captain Kevin Nolan will miss the game through suspension after picking up a red card against Fulham on Saturday. He starts a four-match ban on Sunday.

Nottingham Forest

• Ex-Hammer Chris Cohen is definitely out of Sunday's clash with a knee injury which is likely to keep him out for the remainder of the season.

• On-loan Sunderland midfielder David Vaughan and Algerian winger Djamal Abdoun will both be assessed after missing the 1-1 draw with Reading on New Year's Day.

• Striker Darius Henderson is available following his three-match suspension.

Last time out

Fulham 2-1 West Ham United
Barclays Premier League
Wednesday 1 January 2014

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, McCartney, Diarra, O'Brien, Noble (Rat 32), Diame (Downing 56), Taylor, Nolan, Collison, Maiga (C Cole 69)
Subs not used: Adrian, J Cole, Jarvis, Potts
Goal: Diame 7
Sent-off: Nolan

Reading 1-1 Nottingham Forest
Sky Bet Championship
Wednesday 1 January 2014
Nottingham Forest: Darlow, Jara, Lascelles, Hobbs, Lichaj, Chalobah (Greening 81), Lansbury, Reid, Paterson, Mackie (Derbyshire 68), Halford (Cox 68)
Subs not used: De Vries, Harding, Majewski, Osborn
Goal: Halford 36

Previous meeting

West Ham climbed to the top of the Championship summit as two Mark Noble penalties helped them to a 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest at the Boleyn Ground on 21 January 2012. A largely forgettable first half was brightened right at the end when Noble converted after Guy Moussi was controversially penalised for handball. The midfielder held his nerve from the spot for a second time as Chris Gunter was the man adjudged to have handled Sam Baldock's effort after 63 minutes. Lewis McGugan scored a long-range screamer moments before the final whistle but the Hammers secured all three points. The teams that afternoon were:

West Ham United: Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Reid, McCartney, Diop (Lansbury 45), Noble, Collison. Nolan, Cole (Piquionne 86), Baldock (Hall 79)
Subs not used: Faye, Carew
Goals: Noble 45 (pen), 63 (pen)

Nottingham Forest: Camp, Gunter, Morgan, Lynch, Cunningham (Anderson 23), McCleary, Moussi, Greening (Blackstock 56), McGugan, Harewood (Miller 73), Tudgay
Subs not used: Darlow, Reid
Goal: McGugan 90

Last six meetings (Championship/Division One unless stated)

21 January 2012 - West Ham United 2-1 Nottingham Forest
28 August 2011 - Nottingham Forest 1-4 West Ham United
30 January 2011 - West Ham United 3-2 Nottingham Forest (FA Cup fourth round)
26 December 2004 - West Ham United 3-2 Nottingham Forest
26 September 2004 - Nottingham Forest 2-1 West Ham United
28 December 2003 - Nottingham Forest 0-2 West Ham United

Overall record v Nottingham Forest (all competitions) W 46 D 27 L 44

Ten-year records

West Ham United

2012/13 Premier League 10th (46 points)
2011/12 Championship 3rd (86 points - promoted via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (33 points)
2009/10 Premier League 17th (35 points)
2008/09 Premier League 9th (51 points)
2007/08 Premier League 10th (49 points)
2006/07 Premier League 15th (41 points)
2005/06 Premier League 9th (55 points)
2004/05 Championship 6th (73 points - promoted via Play-Offs)
2003/04 Championship 4th (74 points)

Nottingham Forest

2012/13 Championship 8th (67 points)
2011/12 Championship 19th (50 points)
2010/11 Championship 6th (75 points)
2009/10 Championship 3rd (79 points)
2008/09 Championship 19th (53 points)
2007/08 League One 2nd (82 points - promoted to Championship)
2006/07 League One 4th (82 points)
2005/06 League One 7th (69 points)
2004/05 Championship 23rd (44 points - relegated to League One)
2003/04 Championship 14th (60 points)


• The largest crowd to witness a West Ham United versus Nottingham Forest fixture was the 36,589 who turned out for the Hammers' 3-0 Division One win over the Tricky Trees on 12 April 1968. Brian Dear scored twice and John Sissons once for the hosts.

• West Ham United caused a massive upset when they beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 in the FA Cup first round on 14 January 1911. Then a Southern League First Division club, the Hammers scored a victory over their Football League Division One opponents thanks to two goals from forward Danny Shea.

• West Ham United defender Tony Gale was infamously sent-off in the 1991 FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest at Villa Park on 14 April 1991 after a foul on Gary Crosby. Referee Keith Hackett later revealed that he had been given a directive before the game on the interpretation of the professional foul rule. Forest would go on to win the game 4-0 but lost 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur in the final. Future Hammers Gary Charles and Stuart Pearce filled the full-back positions for Forest in the semi-final.

• Nottingham Forest striker Matt Derbyshire was plucked from the obscurity of non-league Great Harwood Town by Blackburn Rovers in 2003, having been recommended to then Rovers chief scout and present West Ham United head of player recruitment Martyn Glover. Derbyshire appeared for Birmingham City in the Carling Cup semi-final victory over the Hammers in January 2011.

• Victor Obinna scored a hat-trick in West Ham United's 3-2 FA Cup fourth-round win over Nottingham Forest at the Boleyn Ground on 30 January 2011. The Nigeria forward is one of four players to score a hat-trick against Forest alongside Dave Mangnall (September 1935), Frank McAvennie (May 1992) and Syd Puddefoot, who netted four times in a 5-1 Division Two victory in April 1920. McAvennie's treble came in his final game for the Hammers and after the Scot had appeared as a substitute for Mitchell Thomas.

• Nottingham Forest player Chris Cohen played 21 times in all competition for the Hammers between 2003 and 2006, having come through the youth ranks at the Boleyn Ground.

• Jim Barrett, Horace Brown, Franz Carr, Gary Charles, Charlie Craig, Colin Foster, Marlon Harewood, Andy Melville, Ian Moore, Adam Nowland, Stuart Pearce, Teddy Sheringham and Fred Wallbanks are among those to have worn the colours of both clubs.

• Fifteen players have made their West Ham United debuts against Nottingham Forest - Frank Birchenough (April 1920), Vivian Gibbins (December 1923), William Kaine (October 1924), Arthur Tonner (September 1935), Robert Black (February 1937), Brian Moore (May 1955), Geoff Hurst (February 1960), Paul Heffer and Bill Kitchener (March 1967), Bryan 'Pop' Robson (February 1971), Alexander Clarke (August 1982), Robbie Slater (August 1995), Dani (February 1996), Hayden Mullins (October 2003) and Gavin Williams (December 2004).

Old boys

• Chris Cohen started his career at West Ham United making 22 first team appearances before leaving to join Yeovil Town in June 2006. The left-footed player can ply his trade in midfield or defence and has made 251 appearances for the Tricky Trees since joining the club in July 2007. Cohen will not feature in Sunday's game due to a knee injury which has ruled him out for the rest of the season.

• Henri Lansbury made 24 appearances for the Hammers after joining on loan for the 2011/12 season from Arsenal. A talented midfielder Lansbury made 14 starts and appeared from the bench on ten occasions. The 23-year-old scored once during his time in east London, the goal coming on his debut against Portsmouth on 10 September 2011. Lansbury joined Nottingham Forest at the start of the 2012/13 season and has since gone on to make 55 appearances for the Tricky Trees and scoring ten goals.

• Nottingham Forest's Danny Collins is a 33-year-old defender who joined Forest from Stoke City in July 2012. The former Wales international previously played on loan for West Ham between March and May 2012. During his stay, Collins made eleven Championship appearances, scoring a last-gasp equaliser on his full debut at Leeds United on 17 March 2012.

• Jim Barrett, Horace Brown, Franz Carr, Charlie Craig, Colin Foster, Marlon Harewood, Andy Melville, Ian Moore, Adam Nowland, Stuart Pearce, Teddy Sheringham and Fred Wallbanks are among those to have worn the colours of both West Ham United and Nottingham Forest.


• Sunday's match referee will be Martin Atkinson.

• A referee since the age of 16, Atkinson was promoted to the Football League list of assistant referees in 1998. In 2000, Atkinson was promoted to the Select Group of assistant referees, allowing him to run the line in Premier League matches.

• Atkinson joined the National List of referees for the Football League at the start of the 2003/04 season before taking charge of his first Premier League fixture on 20 April 2005 when Manchester City entertained Birmingham City.

• Atkinson was the man in the middle at the 2006 FA Community Shield between Chelsea and Liverpool at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. He also took charge of the 2008 FA Trophy final between Ebbsfleet United and Torquay United at Wembley Stadium.

• Atkinson is refereeing West Ham for the second time this season after taking charge of the Hammers 3-0 win over Fulham in the Barclays Premier League in November. He also took charge of the Club's appearance in the third round of the FA Cup last year when they drew 2-2 at home to Manchester United.

General information

• Tickets will be available to purchase (cash only) at the Matchday Prices shown below from the Away Ticket Office (located at the back of the Brian Clough Stand) from 9am on matchday.

Matchday Standard Ticket Prices
Season Ticket Holders* = £17 Adults, £12 Senior Citizens (aged 65 years and above), £10 Under 18s and £1 U12s
General Sale = £22 Adults, £16 Senior Citizens (aged 65 years & above), £12 Under 18s and £1 U12s
* Valid Season Ticket Cards must be produced in order to qualify for the discounted STH rate.
Duplicate tickets previously requested will also be available for collection from the Away Ticket Office on the matchday.

• Please note that Coach Travel has now SOLD OUT for the above fixture.

• The weather forecast for Sunday is cloudy with heavy rain predicted and temperatures around 5C (41F).

• There are no trains which arrive in Nottingham in time for Sunday's kick-off but for returning travel information click here.