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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 Watford 44 85
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 44 84
4 Norwich City 44 82
5 Derby County 44 76
6 Ipswich Town 44 75
7 Brentford 44 72
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 72
9 Blackburn Rovers 44 63
10 Charlton Athletic 44 60
11 Nottingham Forest 44 59
12 Sheffield Wednesday 44 59
13 Cardiff City 44 56
14 Birmingham City 43 54
15 Huddersfield Town 44 53
16 Leeds United 44 52
17 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
18 Fulham 44 49
19 Reading 42 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 46
21 Rotherham United 43 44
22 Millwall 44 40
23 Wigan Athletic 44 39
24 Blackpool 44 25

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