London - West Ham United have crashed out of the FA Cup in embarrassing fashion on
Sunday after being thrashed 5-0 at second-tier Nottingham Forest in the
Jamie Paterson was the star man for Championship side
Forest with a 14-minute hat-trick against a second-string West Ham team
featuring three young debutants.
West Ham's defeat at the City Ground follows Aston Villa's 2-1 loss at home to third-tier Sheffield United on Saturday.
Ham manager Sam Allardyce made nine changes to his starting XI, but he
defended his team selection afterwards, telling ITV: "What choice did I
have? I don't think I had one.
"I make the decisions for the
benefit of everyone at the football club. We have a huge amount of
problems in terms of available players.
"We have a League Cup
semi-final against Manchester City (on Wednesday) and the main priority
is to get to Wembley. My changes had to be severe today. I didn't want
it to be."
Paterson, who joined Forest from Walsall last year, had never previously scored for the club.
"I certainly won't forget that game," he said.
"It's a good result for us. We've been doing well in the league and we took it into a cup game."
took a 12th-minute lead with an audacious dinked penalty from Algerian
midfielder Djamel Abdoun, after Paterson drew a foul from George Moncur
with a sharp Cruyff turn.
In response, Ravel Morrison saw a
free-kick palmed over the crossbar by Karl Darlow, but Forest finished
the first half strongly.
West Ham goalkeeper Adrian had to save with his feet from Eric Lichaj and Henri Lansbury blazed the rebound over the bar.
added a second in the 65th minute, drilling home a low shot, and he
made it 3-0 six minutes later by stabbing home from Lansbury's square
The 22-year-old forward completed his triple in fine style
in the 79th minute, drifting past three visiting defenders on the edge
of the penalty area before lashing a low shot into the bottom-left
Andy Reid slammed home in injury time to complete a
miserable afternoon for Allardyce's side, who are currently second from
bottom in the Premier League table.