Monday 23 April 2018

Reid celebrates new deal in style after putting Allardyce on ropes

Nottingham Forest 5 West Ham United 0

Allardyce: Under fire
Allardyce: Under fire
Nottingham Forest's Andy Reid celebrates scoring their fifth goal during the FA Cup Third Round match at the City Ground, Nottingham. Photo: PA.

Matt Law

Sam Allardyce claims the West Ham board backed his decision to risk an FA Cup humiliation, but admits this week could be vital for his future as manager.

Almost 3,000 Hammers fans travelled to the City Ground to watch their side thrashed by Championship club Nottingham Forest.

They responded by chanting the name of former player Paolo Di Canio and quickly set up an online petition to have the money they shelled out on tickets and travel refunded.

Under-fire Allardyce made nine changes to the West Ham side that was beaten by Fulham on New Year's Day and fielded a host of youngsters, including debutants Danny Whitehead, Seb Lletget and Callum Driver.

Forest and, in particular, Jamie Paterson took full advantage. The former Walsall winger netted a hat-trick and won the penalty from which Djamal Abdoun opened the scoring. Ireland international and Forest captain Andy Reid grabbed the fifth to mark a new two-and-a-half-year contract he signed before the match.

There is no such security for Allardyce, who now faces key games against Manchester City in the first leg of the semi-final of the League Cup on Wednesday night and Cardiff in the Premier League on Saturday.

Should those matches go as badly as this one, West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold will have to think seriously about paying the £6m compensation it would cost to sack Allardyce and his staff.

"Will this result have serious repercussions for me? Who knows," said Allardyce, whose team sit second bottom in the league. "It's the owners' decision, not mine. I made them aware of what would happen today. I don't go about my business without telling people internally what will happen in the next few games. I'm not saying (the sack) won't happen unless I start to get results, I know that.

"They (Sullivan and Gold) understand as a manager I have to look at the process of what's happening for the next week and they were fine with me making the changes. It's leg one on Wednesday night and we need to get back to the second leg with an opportunity to get to Wembley and then get some points at Cardiff."

West Ham have been hit by a crippling injury crisis, which contributed to Allardyce's team selection here. It remains a mystery why he opted to change formation and try a three-man defence. "It's a disaster for me at the moment, a total disaster," he said.

"I'm managing with my hands tied behind my back. The team is picking itself because of the injuries."

Allardyce does not expect any of his injured defenders to return in time to face City, but is hoping for good news ahead of Cardiff. He also admitted an interest in Joleon Lescott, saying: "I don't know if he is available, but if it is possible I would like to get him."

It took just 12 minutes for Forest to carve West Ham open, when George Moncur brought down Paterson in the area. Abdoun immediately grabbed the ball, much to the annoyance of Henri Lansbury.

Following a brief argument, Abdoun placed the ball on the spot and netted his first Forest goal with an audacious chip over 'keeper Adrian. Forest should have extended their lead before the break, but the floodgates finally opened when Paterson doubled the advantage in the 65th minute with an angled drive.

It took Paterson just 14 more minutes to complete his treble, seeing a deflected shot beat Adrian and then cutting inside to fire a fierce effort into the net. West Ham's misery was completed in injury-time, when Abdoun teed up Reid for an easy fifth.

On hat-trick hero Paterson, Forest boss Billy Davies said: "He's great fun in the dressing- room, he's well liked and he's always got a story to tell. As a single young player, I'm sure you can imagine he can get up to a lot of tricks!

"But we've pinned him down in a nice flat and made sure he's behaving. He is a fantastic young talent." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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