West Ham 3-2 Nottingham Forest: Tomas Soucek heads late winner

West Ham 3-2 Nottingham Forest: Tomas Soucek heads late winner as Hammers come from behind to prevail in London Stadium thriller after visitors had briefly led

  • Soucek headed home James Ward-Prowse corner with just two minutes left
  • Forest went 2-1 up through Awoniyi and Elanga before Bowen made it 2-2 
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Tomas Soucek headed a dramatic late winner as West Ham came from behind to beat Nottingham Forest in a London Stadium thriller.

The Hammers had led after just three minutes through Lucas Paqueta but found themselves to goals by Taiwo Awoniyi and Anthony Elanga either side of half-time.

But Jarrod Bowen rose highest to nod in a James Ward-Prowse corner for 2-2 and from the same source, Soucek muscled past his marker to head in at the back post.

Full report to follow. 

Tomas Soucek races away in celebration after scoring West Ham’s dramatic late winner

Soucek met a James Ward-Prowse corner at the back post with a diving header to win it

It settled an excellent contest that flowed both ways before West Ham eventually prevailed

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Jarrod Bowen wheels away in celebration after equalising for West Ham at 2-2 

Bowen was the most determined in a packed penalty box as Forest’s lead proved short-lived

West Ham trailed for a matter of moments before Bowen converted from a set-piece situation

Anthony Elanga shows off his ripped physique after putting Forest 2-1 ahead in east London

Elanga was in the perfect position within the Hammers box to sweep home Ola Aina’s cross

Elanga earned a yellow card for taking his shirt off but cared little as Forest took the lead



Lucas Paqueta (left) celebrates with Tomas Soucek after firing West Ham ahead early on

The Brazilian capitalised on a loose pass in midfield to sweep the ball home from 20 yards out

It was the perfect start for West Ham, who were engaged in Europa League action on Thursday

Nottingham Forest levelled the contest on the stroke of half-time when Taiwo Awoniyi scored

Awoniyi was perfectly placed to tap home after Alphonse Areola pushed out a shot by Morgan Gibbs White just before the interval

Forest celebrate after levelling up the game moments before half-time at the London Stadium



Forest’s Anthony Elanga muscles his way through to unleash a shot at the West Ham goal

A packed penalty box as the hosts’ Edson Alvarez climbs to try and meet a set-piece delivery



West Ham’s Vladimir Coufal cuts off Forest’s Anthony Elanga as he tries to stride forward

Mohammad Kudus (left) turns away from Forest defender Harry Toffolo during the first-half

Hammers player Coufal is shown a first-half yellow card by the referee Michael Salisbury 

David Moyes protests a decision on the touchline during a chaotic second period 

Match facts 

West Ham United (4-2-3-1): Areola; Coufal, Zouma (c), Aguerd, Emerson; Alvarez (Antonio 79), Ward-Prowse; Kudus (Ogbonna 90+5), Soucek, Paqueta (Cresswell 90+9); Bowen

Substitutes not used: Fabianski (GK); Fornals, Mavropanos, Ings, Benrahma, Kehrer

Manager: David Moyes

Scorers: Paqueta 3; Bowen 65; Soucek 88 Booked: Coufal, Kudus

Nottingham Forest (4-3-3): Vlachodimos; Aina (Aurier 76), Niakhate, Murillo (Boly 76), Toffolo; Sangare (Origi 90), Mangala, Dominguez (Danilo 46); Gibbs-White (c), Awoniyi (Wood 76), Elanga

Substitutes not used: Turner (GK); Williams, Kouyate, Yates

Manager: Steve Cooper

Scorers: Awoniyi 44; Elanga 63 Booked: Niakhate, Elanga

Referee: Michael Salisbury



The London Stadium falls silent to remember The Fallen on Remembrance Sunday 

Poppy wreathes were laid and the Last Post played ahead of the game at the London Stadium


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