Awoniyi gives Forest historic Premier League win

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Nottingham Forest celebrate.Taiwo Awoniyi scored Forest's first Premier League goal since May 1999 when Chris Bart-Williams netted against Leicester

Nottingham Forest secured a famous win as Taiwo Awoniyi scored the only goal to beat West Ham as Premier League football returned to the City Ground after a 23-year absence.

Awoniyi, Forest's £17m record signing this summer, applied the first-time finish after Jesse Lingard's effort had been deflected into his path off Hammers defender Ben Johnson.

Goalkeeper Dean Henderson was Forest's other hero, denying Declan Rice with a second-half penalty save.

The Hammers could also reflect on two strikes from distance that hit the crossbar and another excellent Henderson save from Tomas Soucek as they started the season with successive defeats.

However, for Forest and their boss Steve Cooper, it was another unforgettable day for a club who were bottom of the Championship less than 12 months ago.

Spurred on by a frenzied home crowd, Forest started on the front foot and had enough to keep West Ham at bay even after their energetic early efforts started to slow.

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Nottingham Forest

  1. Squad number1Player nameHenderson

  2. Squad number4Player nameWorrall

  3. Squad number19Player nameNiakhaté

  4. Squad number26Player nameMcKenna

  5. Squad number7Player nameN Williams

  6. Squad number5Player nameMangala

  7. Squad number14Player nameO'Brien

  8. Squad number15Player nameToffolo

  9. Squad number11Player nameLingard

  10. Squad number20Player nameJohnson

  11. Squad number9Player nameAwoniyi

  1. Squad number3Player nameS Cook

  2. Squad number16Player nameSurridge

  3. Squad number18Player nameCafú

West Ham United

  1. Squad number1Player nameFabianski

  2. Squad number5Player nameCoufal

  3. Squad number4Player nameZouma

  4. Squad number2Player nameJohnson

  5. Squad number3Player nameCresswell

  6. Squad number28Player nameSoucek

  7. Squad number41Player nameRice

  8. Squad number20Player nameBowen

  9. Squad number22Player nameBenrahma

  10. Squad number8Player nameFornals

  11. Squad number9Player nameAntonio

  1. Squad number7Player nameScamacca

  2. Squad number10Player nameLanzini

  3. Squad number14Player nameCornet


Nottm Forest

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1HendersonBooked at 75mins
  • 4Worrall
  • 19NiakhatéSubstituted forS Cookat 79'minutes
  • 26McKennaBooked at 64mins
  • 7N Williams
  • 5MangalaSubstituted forRibeiro Diasat 84'minutes
  • 14O'Brien
  • 15Toffolo
  • 11Lingard
  • 20JohnsonBooked at 90mins
  • 9AwoniyiSubstituted forSurridgeat 72'minutesBooked at 90mins


  • 2Biancone
  • 3S Cook
  • 6Mbe Soh
  • 13Hennessey
  • 16Surridge
  • 17Mighten
  • 18Ribeiro Dias
  • 33Taylor
  • 41Hammond

West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 5Coufal
  • 4Zouma
  • 2Johnson
  • 3Cresswell
  • 28Soucek
  • 41RiceBooked at 9mins
  • 20BowenSubstituted forCornetat 85'minutes
  • 22Benrahma
  • 8FornalsSubstituted forLanziniat 69'minutes
  • 9AntonioSubstituted forScamaccaat 69'minutes


  • 7Scamacca
  • 10Lanzini
  • 12Downes
  • 13Areola
  • 14Cornet
  • 32Coventry
  • 35Randolph
  • 50Ashby

Referee:Robert Jones


Live Text

  1. Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, West Ham United 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, West Ham United 0.

  3. Sam Surridge (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Foul by Vladimír Coufal (West Ham United).

  6. Sam Surridge (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Attempt missed. Tomás Soucek (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross following a corner.

  8. Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Joe Worrall.

  9. Attempt blocked. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Saïd Benrahma.

  10. Substitution, West Ham United. Maxwel Cornet replaces Jarrod Bowen.

  11. Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Cafú replaces Orel Mangala.

  12. Foul by Gianluca Scamacca (West Ham United).

  13. Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Steve Cook.

  15. Attempt blocked. Kurt Zouma (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross.

  16. Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Neco Williams.

  17. Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Ben Johnson.

  18. Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Steve Cook replaces Moussa Niakhaté because of an injury.

  19. Attempt blocked. Gianluca Scamacca (West Ham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell.

  20. Dean Henderson (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

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