West Ham came from behind to beat Nottingham Forest in a huge win for David Moyes’ side at the London Stadium.
Nerves were clearly being felt by all at the game, with our Hammers going into the match off the back of 3 consecutive Premier League defeats – although the recent wins over Arsenal and Olympiakos in cup competitions had given some hope a better result might be realised.
The start though certainly settled those nerves, with West Ham going ahead in the 3rd minute by Lucas Paqueta – who took advantage of a Nottingham Forest defensive error to fire into the bottom corner.
West Ham though failed to capitalise on the opportunity to further extend the lead and lost a fair amount of the early energy, which we were eventually punished for.
Awoniyi scored for the visitors just before half time to level proceedings, and create a real anxiety that things were set to go horribly wrong for Moyes’ side.
The usual lethargic 2nd half start though wasn’t the case today, as West Ham came out hungry to get back in front, and looked the side more likely to go in front.
But against the run of play, Forest went ahead – with Elanga slotting in a pull back with West Ham again not doing the defensive work required, to give the feeling this wasn’t to be our day.
But that was not the case, as our Irons came to life – and were level just 2 minutes later thanks to a Bowen header from a Ward-Prowse corner.
Then it set up a frantic end with West Ham working hard to grab a winner – which came 2 minutes from time.
Another Ward-Prowse assist as his corner flew in to meet Soucek who headed home to send the London Stadium wild.
All 3 points were achieved in what was a pulsating second half, and brings a real sigh of relief around east London, with ExWHUEmployee delighted with the result.
“I thought it was a good performance and we could have won by more,” stated ExWHUemployee after the game.
“Again it’s a concern the defence have leaked two goals, but good attacking play has got us the points. 9th in the table, quarter final of the Carabao Cup and top of our European Group is a decent position to be in going into the international break.”