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  • 30 January 2011
  • • 14:00
  • • Boleyn Ground, London
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West Ham 3-2 Nottingham Forest: Obinna nets hat-trick on return from suspension as Hammers put League Cup disappointment behind them

West Ham 3-2 Nottingham Forest: Obinna nets hat-trick on return from suspension as Hammers put League Cup disappointment behind them

Premier League strugglers into last 16

West Ham striker Victor Obinna helped Hammers fans to forget about their midweek defeat in the League Cup by securing passage to the fifth round of the FA Cup with a hat-trick against Championship high flyers Nottingham Forest.

The home side made a total of nine changes from the side that capitulated against Birmingham City in the League Cup on Wednesday evening and they came out wanting to make it up to their fans by claiming victory over the Championship side.

With less than five minutes on the clock the home fans had something to cheer about when a corner arrived at the feet of Mark Noble and his drive towards goal was deflected by Lee Camp in the Forest goal to Obinna to give the Hammers the lead.

That goal put Nottingham Forest into action, as they looked to give something to their 6,000 travelling support. And they nearly did that straight away with Lewis McGugan going close for the visitors. Billy Davies side then had a chance from Radoslaw Majewski, but he could not find a finish.

But just after the quarter-hour mark Forest were level when David McGoldrick found Dele Adebola inside the box and the striker went on to slot the ball into the right hand corner of the goal to put his side level.

That goal helped spur the visitors on further and they could have gone ahead when Majewski struck towards goal after a Chris Cohen corner, but the ball was deflected wide by the Hammers defence.

Joel Lynch then had a chance at goal when he hit a shot towards goal after a McGugan ball across the box had not been cleared properly. As Lynch struck, the ball appeared to strike the hand of Danny Gabbidon, but the cries for a penalty fell on deaf ears.

With five minutes to go in the half Forest went ahead. Cohen swung a free-kick into the box and with the home defence failing to deal with the ball McGoldrick was able to put the it past Robert Green in the West Ham goal to give his side the lead.

That lead would only last for just over a minute as Obinna received the ball on the right wing and while racing forward he looked up and powered a vicious shot that went over Camp and into the back of the net.

Five minutes into the second half and the home side reclaimed the lead as Winston Reid was brought down by Lynch, allowing Obinna to step up to the spot and claim his hat-trick, which he celebrated with multiple somersaults.

West Ham could then have gone further ahead, minutes later when McGoldrick fouled Obinna, but no home player could get on the end of the free-kick from Noble, as it bound though the penalty area and away to safety.

The home side should have extended their lead on the hour mark as Frederic Piquionne smashed the ball towards goal, but unfortunately for the striker, Camp managed to palm the ball away to safety.

Pablo Barrera was the next to try for a goal as he got on the end of a Ilunga corner, his shot was met by Camp, who once again saved to keep the sides on level terms.

With his side being behind, Forest boss Billy Davies decided to make a series of changes, with Robert Earnshaw coming on in place of Adebola, then Nathan Tyson entering the field of play to replace Majewski.

Camp, who was singlehandedly keeping the visitors in the cup tie, was put back into action as he managed to save from Freddie Sears, after the winger shot upon receiving the ball via an Ilunga corner.    

With just over a quarter of an hour to go Avram Grant made his first change of the match as he took off Noble and replaced him with Louis Boa Morte, who was asked to play the central midfield position for the remainder of the game.

Sears could have put the game beyond Forest as he raced in on goal after Luke Chambers had misplaced a pass, but the winger failed to extend the lead for the Upton Park side and give their fans a level of security.

Forest should have got level when McGoldrick got his head onto the end of a corner from McGugan, but he could not place the effort by Green to secure a replay at the City Ground.

The home side managed to hang on for the reminder of the fixture in order to secure West Ham their passage through to the fifth round of the FA Cup and give manager Grant something to smile about.  

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