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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 Derby County 18 35
2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8

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