West Ham United 3-2 Nottingham Forest: Tomas Soucek goal seals entertaining win for Hammers

12 November 2023 0 By Total Football News
Tomas Soucek scores late for West HamTomas Soucek scored his third Premier League goal of the season

Tomas Soucek grabbed a late winner as West Ham came from behind to secure an entertaining Premier League win against Nottingham Forest.

Soucek headed home from a James Ward-Prowse corner to give the Hammers a much-needed win after three defeats.

Jarrod Bowen struck a second-half equaliser for the hosts before Soucek's late winner at London Stadium.

Bowen also scored from a Ward-Prowse corner, rising highest to head home as the Hammers came back into the match soon after falling behind.

The home side went ahead early in the first half through Lucas Paqueta's driven finish.

The Brazil midfielder scored after just three minutes when Forest defender Nicolas Dominguez gave the ball away and it bounced perfectly for Paqueta to power into the bottom corner.

Taiwo Awoniyi equalised just before the break, following up from close range after Morgan Gibbs-White's initial shot was parried into his path by goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.

Forest were in front for the first time in the contest when Ola Aina's cutback into the box was pounced on by Anthony Elanga, who fired into the bottom corner, but Bowen equalised for the Hammers almost immediately before Soucek took the points.

The result sees West Ham climb up to ninth in the table, while Forest remain in 15th.

Ward-Prowse quality wins it for Hammers

The Hammers had been on a three-match losing streak in the Premier League before this dramatic victory.

After going ahead early on, they were controlling the contest before being pegged back by Awoniyi's equaliser just before the break.

Forest then took the lead and it seemed the Hammers were in for another frustrating afternoon.

However, David Moyes' side showed resilience to come from behind, winning a game in which they conceded more than once for the first time since January 2022.

Shortly before he scored the winner, Soucek dived to get his head to a Ward-Prowse free-kick but Forest goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos tipped it over the bar.

Two pin-point corners from the England midfielder turned the contest around for the home side.

Both Bowen and Soucek were in the right place to head home as the dead-ball expert's excellent deliveries found their men, with Ward-Prowse up to five assists in the league this season.

"I think if I was James I would be disappointed that he hadn't had 15 or 16 assists by now because of the quality of the balls," said West Ham boss Moyes.

"I was thrilled with the opening couple of minutes and I was certainly thrilled when I heard the final whistle as well.

"In between it, there was a lot of good things, some not so good, but in the Premier League you have to take your wins when you get them.

"Today was a good win. We had a 1-0 win here on Thursday night against Olympiakos and now a victory today."

Unhappy milestone for Cooper as away blues strike again

Steve Cooper became the second manager to take charge of 50 Premier League games as Forest manager and will be disappointed not to have got at least a draw to mark the milestone.

The away side tried to use their aerial ability with Gibbs-White swinging crosses into the box but the West Ham defence held firm.

Cooper's side created some good chances, with Areola making a sensational save to deny Awoniyi, clawing a powerful header away from goal.

Awoniyi was unlucky not to score a second after some excellent one-touch passes with Elanga straight from Vlachodimos' goal-kick, but Areola once again came to the rescue.

Elanga was Forest's main attacking outlet and his clinical finishing inside the box gave the away side the lead.

However, just 123 seconds later, West Ham had equalised as Forest switched off from a set-piece and relinquished their lead.

Along with Rotherham United, Forest have the joint-fewest away league victories of any side in England's top four tiers since the start of last season, playing 26 matches and losing 18 of them.

"I'm disappointed, really disappointed. Not even to draw the game but not to win it because it's a game we could have easily won but we haven't won it," said Forest boss Cooper.

"We've lost the game on our own actions and when you think about that, you can't look past the goals which is an obvious thing to say.

"It's a real pity because after gifting them [West Ham] a goal we then do well to come back into the game, 1-1, we should go 2-1 up at the start of the second half."

Player of the match

Ward-ProwseJames Ward-Prowse

with an average of 7.86

West Ham United

  1. Squad number7Player nameWard-Prowse

    Average rating

    7.86

  2. Squad number20Player nameBowen

    Average rating

    7.56

  3. Squad number10Player nameLucas Paquetá

    Average rating

    7.20

  4. Squad number14Player nameKudus

    Average rating

    7.03

  5. Squad number28Player nameSoucek

    Average rating

    6.88

  6. Squad number23Player nameAreola

    Average rating

    6.63

  7. Squad number33Player nameEmerson

    Average rating

    6.60

  8. Squad number19Player nameÁlvarez

    Average rating

    6.58

  9. Squad number5Player nameCoufal

    Average rating

    6.57

  10. Squad number27Player nameAguerd

    Average rating

    6.53

  11. Squad number21Player nameOgbonna

    Average rating

    6.19

  12. Squad number4Player nameZouma

    Average rating

    6.12

  13. Squad number3Player nameCresswell

    Average rating

    6.09

  14. Squad number9Player nameAntonio

    Average rating

    6.03

Nottingham Forest

  1. Squad number9Player nameAwoniyi

    Average rating

    6.76

  2. Squad number21Player nameElanga

    Average rating

    6.69

  3. Squad number10Player nameGibbs-White

    Average rating

    6.16

  4. Squad number40Player nameMurillo

    Average rating

    6.03

  5. Squad number23Player nameVlachodimos

    Average rating

    5.97

  6. Squad number15Player nameToffolo

    Average rating

    5.91

  7. Squad number5Player nameMangala

    Average rating

    5.89

  8. Squad number19Player nameNiakhaté

    Average rating

    5.82

  9. Squad number6Player nameSangaré

    Average rating

    5.81

  10. Squad number43Player nameAina

    Average rating

    5.69

  11. Squad number28Player nameDanilo

    Average rating

    5.60

  12. Squad number16Player nameDomínguez

    Average rating

    5.43

  13. Squad number30Player nameBoly

    Average rating

    5.35

  14. Squad number27Player nameOrigi

    Average rating

    5.15

  15. Squad number24Player nameAurier

    Average rating

    5.10

  16. Squad number11Player nameWood

    Average rating

    5.08

Line-ups

West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23Areola
  • 5CoufalBooked at 22mins
  • 4Zouma
  • 27Aguerd
  • 33Emerson
  • 19ÁlvarezSubstituted forAntonioat 79'minutes
  • 7Ward-Prowse
  • 14KudusBooked at 60minsSubstituted forOgbonnaat 90+5'minutes
  • 28Soucek
  • 10Lucas PaquetáSubstituted forCresswellat 90+9'minutes
  • 20Bowen

Substitutes

  • 1Fabianski
  • 3Cresswell
  • 8Fornals
  • 9Antonio
  • 15Mavropanos
  • 18Ings
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 22Benrahma
  • 24Kehrer

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-3-3

  • 23Vlachodimos
  • 43AinaSubstituted forAurierat 76'minutes
  • 19NiakhatéBooked at 54mins
  • 40Santiago Costa dos SantosSubstituted forBolyat 76'minutes
  • 15Toffolo
  • 6SangaréSubstituted forOrigiat 90'minutes
  • 5Mangala
  • 16DomínguezSubstituted forDaniloat 45'minutes
  • 10Gibbs-White
  • 9AwoniyiSubstituted forWoodat 76'minutes
  • 21ElangaBooked at 64mins

Substitutes

  • 1Turner
  • 7N Williams
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 11Wood
  • 22Yates
  • 24Aurier
  • 27Origi
  • 28Danilo
  • 30Boly
Referee:
Michael Salisbury
Attendance:
62,470

Match Stats

Live Text

Match ends, West Ham United 3, Nottingham Forest 2.

Second Half ends, West Ham United 3, Nottingham Forest 2.


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