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West Ham exit relegation zone with 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest

With David Moyes' job reportedly on the line, West Ham erupted for four second-half goals to emerge as emphatic winners against Nottingham Forest and leap out of the relegation zone.

West Ham unleashed weeks of pent-up frustration and scored four times in the final 20 minutes to beat Nottingham Forest 4-0 at London Stadium on Saturday.

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The victory pulls West Ham (23 points) out of the Premier League’s relegation zone, going from 18th to 16th thanks to results elsewhere this weekend. Nottingham Forest, meanwhile, remain 13th, but are just four points clear of the bottom-three after taking just one point from their last three games.

Danny Ings scored twice in three minutes (70th and 73rd), set up first by Jarrod Bowen and then Said Benrahma, to help West Ham snap a three-game winless skid of their own. Declan Rice curled home a beauty from just outside the penalty area to further Forest frustrations in the 78th, and Michail Antonio headed goal no. 4 home seven minutes after that.


David Moyes back from the brink (again)

Every time West Ham take the field these days, David Moyes has perhaps picked the West Ham team for the final time. Heading into matchweek 25, reports from all over hinted that Moyes could be fired if the Hammers lost again.

West Ham remain the only side in the Premier League’s bottom-six yet to make a managerial change this season, as Moyes has once again tempted fate and escaped unemployment. From Crystal Palace (26 points) to Bournemouth in 19th (21 points), eight sides are currently separated by five points.

Stars of the show

West Ham vs Nottingham Forest


What’s next?

West Ham will travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the 5th round of the FA Cup on Wednesday, before returning to Premier League action away to Brighton next Saturday. Forest will host Everton at the City Ground next Sunday.

How to watch West Ham vs Nottingham Forest live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10 am ET, SaturdayOnline: Stream via Peacock Premium

Key storylines & star players

West Ham remain the only side currently in the Premier League’s bottom-six yet to make a managerial chance, and Moyes’ time could be running short after three years in east London. The Hammers looked like turning a corner following a win over Everton and back-to-back draws with Newcastle and Chelsea, before turning in another listless performance in a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham last weekend. Only three sides — one of them being Nottingham Forest (18) — have scored fewer goals than West Ham’s 19 this season.

Before Forest began their current run, Steve Cooper’s side say 19th in the PL table and they hadn’t spent a day outside the bottom-three since matchweek 5, but the newly and hastily assembled squad has since gelled and turned a corner defensively. In 2022, Forest conceded 31 goals in 16 games (three clean sheets, including a 1-0 win over West Ham in August); since the calendar turned over to 2023, just seven in seven (three clean sheets).

West Ham team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Maxwel Cornet (calf) | QUESTIONABLE: Lucas Paqueta (shoulder), Kurt Zouma (thigh)

Nottingham Forest team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Taiwo Awoniyi (groin), Dean Henderson (thigh), Scott McKenna (thigh), Willy Boly (thigh), Cheickou Kouyate (thigh), Giulian Biancone (knee), Omar Richards (calf), Moussa Niakhate (thigh) | QUESTIONABLE: Jesse Lingard (knee), Serge Aurier (knock), Ryan Yates (illness)

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