Nottingham Forest secured their first Premier League victory of the season by beating West Ham United 1-0 at the City Ground.
The home team sometimes needed to depend on luck, but Taiwo Awoniyi’s goal was enough to give them the three points.
The fact that Said Benrahma had a goal ruled out by VAR and then hit the crossbar in the second half will make it difficult for the Hammers to accept they lost the game.
Before Dean Henderson stopped Tomas Soucek, Pablo Fornals also struck the bar.
Scott McKenna was given a penalty for handball, and to top it all off, Declan Rice missed the ensuing penalty.
Although Forest’s efforts weren’t always attractive, Steve Cooper and his group don’t seem to mind.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST (3-4-3): Dean Henderson;
Joe Worrall, Moussa Niakhate, Scott McKenna;
Neco Williams, Lewis O’Brien, Orel Mangala, Harry Toffolo;
Brennan Johnson, Jesse Lingard, Taiwo Awoniyi.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST SUBS: Wayne Hennessey, Giulian Biancone, Steve Cook, Loic Mbe Soh, Sam Surridge, Alex Mighten, Cafu, Lyle Taylor, Oliver Hammond.
WEST HAM (4-2-3-1): Lukasz Fabianski;
Vladimir Coufal, Kurt Zouma, Ben Johnson, Aaron Cresswell;
Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice; Jarrod Bowen, Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals;
WEST HAM SUBS: Alphonse Areola, Gianluca Scamacca, Manuel Lanzini, Flynn Downes, Maxwel Cornet, Conor Coventry, Harrison Ashby, Darren Randolph.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! AWONIYI BUNDLES THE BALL HOME!!!! 1-0 FOREST!!!!! Forest has their first Premier League goal in 23 years as Awoniyi uses his knee to find the back of the net. Toffolo runs into the box and cuts the ball back to Lingard. He should hit the back of the net, but scuffs his effort. Fortunately for the home side, it deflects off Johnson and onto the knee of Awoniyi before rolling into the bottom-left corner. What a way to get your first Forest goal!
So, what’s next?
Forest has momentum now to take into their Premier League clash with Everton next Saturday.
West Ham returns to the London Stadium in their first Europa Conference League contest against Viborg on Thursday.