Nottingham Forest 5 West Ham United 0 match report: Sam Allardyce faces ‘total disaster’ as his kids are hammered

Manager made nine changes for the FA Cup third-round defeat

the city ground

Beleaguered Sam Allardyce described his plight as a “total disaster” after Nottingham Forest put his position as West Ham manager in still greater jeopardy by knocking his side out of the FA Cup by an emphatic margin that could have been even more embarrassing had the Championship side been more proficient in front of goal.

Next to bottom of the Premier League after one win in 13 matches and facing a Capital One Cup semi-final against Manchester City this week with seven senior players injured and captain Kevin Nolan suspended, Allardyce fielded a starting XI so short of experience that a trouncing was almost inevitable.

Only striker Modibo Maïga and midfielder Alou Diarra, who played in central defence, were retained from the side that started in the defeat at Fulham on New Year’s Day.

Three of the players who began yesterday’s game – Danny Whitehead, Seb Lletget and Callum Driver – were making their debuts, and another, George Moncur, his first start. The seven substitutes named did not have a single senior start between them and by the end of the match the back four on the field contained three debutants, including Reece Burke – a second-half substitute for Diarra at centre-half – who is only 17.

“It’s a total disaster for me at the moment,” Allardyce said, admitting he was unsure what repercussions the result might have for his future as manager. “My hands are tied behind my back as I see what players are available. The team is more or less picking itself. In certain areas, particularly central defence, where all our senior players are missing, we’ve not been able to cope.

“I would have liked to play maybe only three or four of the younger players. But there were too many out there and we were overrun. I had to make changes because you know what my priorities are – the Premier League first and then the Capital One Cup.

“It’s leg one against Manchester City on Wednesday and we need to get back to the second leg with an opportunity to get to Wembley, and then get some points at Cardiff next Saturday.”

That made it no more palatable for the 3,000 West Ham supporters who had travelled north for the noon kick-off.  Many left early, leaving those who remained to chant the name of Paolo Di Canio as the man they would like to see take Allardyce’s place.

Jamie Paterson (centre) celebrates the second of his hat-trick Jamie Paterson (centre) celebrates the second of his hat-trick  

“It might have repercussions for me, who knows?” Allardyce said. “It’s a decision for the club, not me. I made the directors aware of what would happen today and they were fine with me making the changes. I don’t go about my business without telling people internally what will happen in the next few games.

“But I’m not saying there won’t be repercussions unless I start to get results. I’ve got to get results, I know that.”

Forest were in front after 12 minutes following a penalty that might have been a talking point had the afternoon unfolded differently. Algerian winger Djamel Abdoun – without a previous goal for Forest – defied nominated penalty taker Henri Lansbury by insisting on taking the kick after Jamie Paterson had been brought down.

He then decided he would dink the ball rather than go for power or placement against goalkeeper Adrian and it was fortunate for him that the episode did not end in embarrassment.

West Ham survived at 1-0 down until the 65th minute, even forcing Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow to make three good saves in what was until then a relatively even contest. But they collapsed once Paterson scored his first goal, firing in off a post after Greg Halford had won the ball in the air.

Paterson went on to complete a hat-trick in 14 minutes before Andy Reid celebrated his new two-and-a-half year contract by firing in the fifth. Yet Forest could have more than doubled the score, with Lansbury, Paterson and substitute Simon Cox all missing clear chances, and Adrian making saves from Cox, Halford and defender Eric Lichaj.

Forest manager Billy Davies said he sympathised with Allardyce but felt his side were due credit for their performance, which earned them a home tie against Ipswich or Preston in round four.

“The importance for Sam is to stay in the Premier League but they had £20 million worth of talent in the front four and they came to win the match,” he said.

Nottingham Forest (4-3-3): Darlow 7/10; Jara 7, Lascelles 7, Hobbs 6, Lichaj 7; Lansbury 6, Moussi 6, Reid 7; Abdoun 6, Halford 6, Paterson 8.

Substitutes: Harding 6 (Lichaj 57), Cox (Halford 74), Derbyshire (Paterson 83).

Substitutes not used: Mackie, Miller, Evtimov (gk), Majewski. . 

West Ham United (3-5-2): Adrian 7; Driver 5, Diarra 6, Potts 6; Jarvis 5, Lletget 5, Whitehead 6, Morrison 6, Downing 5; Moncur 6, Maiga 6. 

Substitutes: Burke 6 (Diarra 55), Fanimo 5 (Moncur 55), Turgott 5 (Downing 64), 

Substitutes not used: Spiegel (gk), Lee, Maguire, Gordon.  

Referee: Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)

Bookings: Forest: Derbyshire. West Ham: Lletget.

Man of the match: Paterson.

Match rating: 6/10.

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
8 best children's clocks

Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones