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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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Pos Team P Pts
1 Leicester City 44 96
2 Burnley 44 89
3 Derby County 44 81
4 Queens Park Rangers 44 76
5 Wigan Athletic 43 70
6 Reading 44 67
7 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 66
8 Nottingham Forest 44 65
9 Ipswich Town 44 65
10 Blackburn Rovers 44 64
11 Bournemouth 44 63
12 Watford 43 60
13 Middlesbrough 44 58
14 Bolton Wanderers 44 55
15 Sheffield Wednesday 44 53
16 Leeds United 44 53
17 Huddersfield Town 44 50
18 Charlton Athletic 43 45
19 Doncaster Rovers 44 44
20 Millwall 44 44
21 Birmingham City 43 43
22 Blackpool 44 43
23 Barnsley 44 39
24 Yeovil Town 44 37

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