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West Ham 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Championship    2011-12
Upton Park   31,718
1Robert Green    
3George McCartney    
18Julien Faubert    
2Winston Reid    
5James Tomkins    
21Papa Bouba Diop    
4Kevin Nolan    
16Mark Noble 2 (2 P)  
10Jack Collison    
9Carlton Cole   
7Sam Baldock    
22Henri LansburySubed #21   
46Robert HallSubed #7   
30Frederic PiquionneSubed #9   
 PosTable as at 21 Jan 2012PlWHDHLHFHAHWADALAFAAAPts
1West Ham United278232213833211153
3Cardiff City279222716482171349
5Hull City278051613635121245
6Birmingham City26940226337202043
9Leeds United277242017545232142
10Brighton and Hove Albion277332012527101741
11Derby County278242014436111941
13Crystal Palace27472129608141837
15Leicester City266352015354141535
16Peterborough United276252822347172233
19Bristol City274361215437132230
21Ipswich Town275172022338183228
22Nottingham Forest273291124418112024
23Doncaster Rovers2745410122012133323
24Coventry City275451715031062122
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West Ham 2 Nottingham Forest 1

Two Mark Noble penalties fired West Ham to the top of the npower Championship for the first time this season.

The midfielder's double from the spot was enough to ensure the pre-season promotion favourites leapfrogged Southampton, who do not play until Monday.

But despite their lofty position, the Hammers rarely hit the heights against a struggling Nottingham Forest side.

In fact, Sam Allardyce's men could, and probably should, have been two or three goals down before they benefited from some generous refereeing, allowing Noble to make it three successful spot-kicks in his last two outings.

Referee Tony Bates twice took centre stage, penalising Guy Moussi and Chris Gunter for handball in each half to gift the hosts victory, despite a last-gasp consolation from Lewis McGugan.

Forest had by far the better chances in the first half, with Marcus Tudgay twice blazing over and McGugan also wayward in front of goal.

Their best opportunity came 15 minutes before the break when former West Ham striker Marlon Harewood and McGugan combined well to tee up Paul Anderson with the goal gaping.

But Hammers defender Julien Faubert just did enough to put Anderson off the shot and Rob Green was able to collect his weak effort.

The home side, by contrast, had created only half-chances, with skipper Kevin Nolan inches away from getting a touch on a dangerous cross from George McCartney and Jack Collison shooting too close to Lee Camp.

But they were handed the lead in first-half stoppage time when referee Bates awarded a penalty after harshly adjudging Moussi had blocked Sam Baldock's cross with his hand.

Noble, whose penalty was all that separated the sides when West Ham beat Portsmouth last week, repeated the trick despite Camp getting a hand to his shot.

The West Ham goal continued to lead a charmed life after the break, with Green making a fine save to deny Chris Gunter.

And from the resulting corner, McGugan's cross deceived everyone in the goalmouth and cannoned off the far post before it was hacked off the line by Noble.

At the other end Collison should have doubled the hosts' lead after a mazy run into the area but his shot was deflected over the top, and Camp pulled off a fine diving save to deny Henri Lansbury.

But the second goal did arrive in the 63rd minute when Bates pointed to the spot again, Gunter this time the guilty party, and Noble did the honours once more.

McGugan pulled one back deep into stoppage time but there was barely time to restart and the Hammers celebrated hitting top spot.


West Ham Green, Faubert, Reid, Tomkins, McCartney, Collison, Diop (Lansbury 45), Noble, Nolan, Cole (Piquionne 85), Baldock (Hall 79).

Subs Not Used: Carew, Faye.

Booked: Cole.

Goals: Noble 45 pen, 63 pen.

Nottm Forest Camp, Gunter, Morgan, Lynch, Cunningham (Anderson 23), Greening (Blackstock 56), McGugan, Moussi, McCleary, Harewood (Miller 73), Tudgay.

Subs Not Used: Darlow, Reid.

Goals: McGugan 90.

Ref: Tony Bates (Staffordshire).

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