IRELAND’S ANDY REID rounded off an embarrassing 5 – 0 FA Cup defeat for Sam Allardyce’s West Ham against Nottingham Forest.
Jamie Paterson was the star man for Championship side Forest with a 14-minute hat-trick against a second-string West Ham team featuring three young debutants.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce made nine changes to his starting XI, but he defended his team selection afterwards, telling ITV: “What choice did I have? I don’t think I had one.
“I make the decisions for the benefit of everyone at the football club. We have a huge amount of problems in terms of available players.
“We have a League Cup semi-final against Manchester City (on Wednesday) and the main priority is to get to Wembley. My changes had to be severe today. I didn’t want it to be.”
Paterson, who joined Forest from Walsall last year, had never previously scored for the club.
Forest took a 12th-minute lead with an audacious dinked penalty from Algerian midfielder Djamel Abdoun, after Paterson drew a foul from George Moncur with a sharp Cruyff turn.
In response, Ravel Morrison saw a free-kick palmed over the crossbar by Karl Darlow, but Forest finished the first half strongly.
West Ham goalkeeper Adrian had to save with his feet from Eric Lichaj and Henri Lansbury blazed the rebound over the bar.
Paterson added a second in the 65th minute, drilling home a low shot, and he made it 3-0 six minutes later by stabbing home from Lansbury’s square pass.
The 22-year-old forward completed his triple in fine style in the 79th minute, drifting past three visiting defenders on the edge of the penalty area before lashing a low shot into the bottom-left corner.
In injury time, Reid powered the ball into the roof of the net to celebrate a new two and a half year contract to keep him at the City Ground for what Billy Davies and Reid hope will be two Premier League seasons.
“I’m delighted to have Reidy here,” Davies said. “He’s very important; a very influential player. We have made him captain. I’ve now told him to go and lead the team to the Premier League.”