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The City Ground (ATT 25,615) 26th September 2004 - Kick off 13:00 Ref: M Messias

N Forest Nottingham Forest vs West Ham United West Ham

Forest hail their King

By Andy Clarke.   Last Updated: 26/09/04 3:00pm

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Members of Nottingham Forest's double European Cup-winning side came to pay tribute to the late Brian Clough, the man who masterminded the club's rise to glory.

They left having witnessed the current side snatch their first win of the season - at the 10th attempt - courtesy of Marlon King's stunning injury time winner which secured a 2-1 win over West Ham.

King, along with Andy Reid, had been restored to the squad following his recent falling-out with boss Joe Kinnear and was jeered by sections of the home support when he came on with half an hour remaining.

However, after collecting Reid's pass and cutting inside Malky Mackay, he raised the roof with a fabulous curling shot from 20 yards which gave Steven Bywater no chance at all.

Forest would have equalled their worst ever start to a season had they failed to win and that looked to be their fate after their former striker Marlon Harewood had given the visitors the lead.

Matthew Etherington took advantage of a moment's hesitation from youngster James Perch before cutting the ball back from the byline for Harewood to tap in.

Reid and King both fired too high from outside the penalty area as Forest looked for an equaliser, but West Ham looked to have shut up shop until a moment of magic from another Kinnear substitute, Eugen Bopp.

The young midfielder dragged the ball away from Carl Fletcher's tackle before picking out Paul Evans, who drove a powerful left-footed shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards.

Bopp tried his luck from the edge of the area, dipping a shot just over the bar, before Forest proved they had read the script on an emotional day when Reid and King combined for the winner.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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