N Forest 1 – 0 West Ham


Taiwo Awoniyi’s aim earned Nottingham Forest a 1-0 win over West Ham as Premier League soccer returned to the Metropolis Floor after 23 years.

The Nigerian bundled dwelling on his full debut to depart the house help delirious however Steve Cooper’s aspect wanted Dean Henderson to save lots of Declan Rice’s second-half penalty for them to carry on to the three factors.

West Ham additionally hit the crossbar by Pablo Fornals and Mentioned Benrahma, the latter additionally having a aim disallowed within the first half, earlier than Neco Williams cleared Kurt Zouma’s header off the road late on. David Moyes won’t imagine that his staff are but to attain this season.

However maybe it was simply Forest’s day. Their first Premier League win and their first Premier League factors of the century on a day that many of the supporters within the stadium will always remember. As the mantra goes, Forest are again.

Participant rankings

Nottingham Forest: Henderson (9), Worrall (7), Niakhate (8), McKenna (8), Williams (9), O’Brien (9), Mangala (8), Toffolo (8), Lingard (7), Johnson (7), Awoniyi (9).

Subs: Cook dinner (6), Surridge (6), Cafu (n/a).

West Ham: Fabianski (7), Johnson (6), Cresswell (7), Zouma (7), Coufal (5), Rice (6), Soucek (6), Fornals (7), Antonio (6), Bowen (7), Benrahma (7).

Subs: Scamacca (6), Lanzini (6), Cornet (6).

Man of the match: Lewis O’Brien.

How Forest received this 1-0 thriller

Dean Henderson celebrates after saving Declan Rice's penalty
Dean Henderson celebrates after saving Declan Rice’s penalty

The ambiance was raucous lengthy earlier than kick-off as the house help labored themselves right into a frenzy and that manifested itself in a high-tempo begin regardless of the warmth. Awoniyi went shut with a header early on as Forest pumped crosses into the West Ham field.

After the preliminary burst, nevertheless, West Ham began passing the ball and Harry Toffolo needed to clear off the road from Tomas Soucek after Henderson had parried Benrahma’s shot. The second of controversy got here later although when Benrahma did discover the web.

His neat end from Rice’s move was dominated out as a result of Michail Antonio was deemed to have barged Orel Mangala seconds earlier. The referee was despatched to have a look at the monitor and disallowed the aim, a lot to the enjoyment of the house supporters within the Metropolis Floor.

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Mentioned Benrahma thought he had given West Ham the lead at Nottingham Forest, just for a VAR examine to disallow the aim due to a foul by Michail Antonio within the build-up.

Buoyed by the choice, Forest had their massive second nearly instantly. Forest’s first Premier League aim this century was something however fairly however Awoniyi deserved it, the ball deflecting in off him after Ben Johnson blocked Jesse Lingard’s tame shot.

The previous Union Berlin ahead was such a handful that even Zouma struggled to deal with his physicality and, like his staff, would have been glad of the half-time whistle. After the break, West Ham got here out with intent seeking the equaliser.

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After Jesse Lingard mis-hits his effort, Taiwo Awoniyi makes probably the most of a slice of luck to place Nottingham Forest forward towards West Ham.

Fornals thought he had discovered it when his long-range effort struck the underside of the crossbar and bounced on the road. Soucek’s header from the follow-up was saved by Henderson. West Ham have been on high however they nearly fell two behind minutes later.

Brennan Johnson’s intelligent end was not flagged for offside on the time, sparking wild celebrations within the stadium however he was simply behind the final defender. It was a uncommon breakaway as a result of West Ham have been denied time after time thereafter.

Extremely, it was Benrahma’s flip to strike the crossbar when his free-kick bounced down off the road a lot as Fornals had with Henderson crushed once more. Then got here the penalty, Scott McKenna blocking the ball along with his arm just for Rice to see his spot-kick saved.

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After a handball by Scott McKenna within the field, Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dean Henderson saves Declan Rice’s penalty for West Ham.

It was nearly an excessive amount of for the Forest followers to take as they willed their staff to carry on, whereas Moyes stalked his technical space in precisely hid fury. He threw on substitutes and at last thought his staff had their aim when Zouma’s header arrowed in direction of the nook.

Again got here the retreating Williams to by some means divert the ball away. It was the story of the sport – a sport during which West Ham registered their highest ever anticipated targets determine with out discovering the web since they began recording such issues.

No one within the dwelling finish a lot cared. This was a day for them to recollect.

Fantasy Premier League factors

Nottingham Forest vs West Ham FPL stats

Objectives Awoniyi
Assists Lingard
Bonus factors Henderson (3), Awoniyi (2), Toffolo (1), Williams (1), Worrall (1).
Missed penalty Rice

What’s next?

Nottingham Forest are again in motion on Saturday as they go to Goodison Park to face an Everton aspect that’s with out a level from their first two video games.

West Ham host Viborg within the first leg of their Europa Convention League play-off on Thursday earlier than returning to Premier League motion on Sunday with a house sport towards Brighton.

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