West Ham United 3-2 Nottingham Forest: Tomas Soucek goal seals entertaining win for Hammers

Tomas Soucek scores late for West Ham
Tomas Soucek scored his third Premier League goal of the season

Tomas Soucek grabbed a late winner as West Ham came from behind to secure an entertaining Premier League win against Nottingham Forest.

Soucek headed home from a James Ward-Prowse corner to give the Hammers a much-needed win after three defeats.

Jarrod Bowen struck a second-half equaliser for the hosts before Soucek’s late winner at London Stadium.

Bowen also scored from a Ward-Prowse corner, rising highest to head home as the Hammers came back into the match soon after falling behind.

The home side went ahead early in the first half through Lucas Paqueta’s driven finish.

The Brazil midfielder scored after just three minutes when Forest defender Nicolas Dominguez gave the ball away and it bounced perfectly for Paqueta to power into the bottom corner.

Taiwo Awoniyi equalised just before the break, following up from close range after Morgan Gibbs-White’s initial shot was parried into his path by goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.

Forest were in front for the first time in the contest when Ola Aina’s cutback into the box was pounced on by Anthony Elanga, who fired into the bottom corner, but Bowen equalised for the Hammers almost immediately before Soucek took the points.

The result sees West Ham climb up to ninth in the table, while Forest remain in 15th.

Ward-Prowse quality wins it for Hammers

The Hammers had been on a three-match losing streak in the Premier League before this dramatic victory.

After going ahead early on, they were controlling the contest before being pegged back by Awoniyi’s equaliser just before the break.

Forest then took the lead and it seemed the Hammers were in for another frustrating afternoon.

However, David Moyes’ side showed resilience to come from behind, winning a game in which they conceded more than once for the first time since January 2022.

Shortly before he scored the winner, Soucek dived to get his head to a Ward-Prowse free-kick but Forest goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos tipped it over the bar.

Two pin-point corners from the England midfielder turned the contest around for the home side.

Both Bowen and Soucek were in the right place to head home as the dead-ball expert’s excellent deliveries found their men, with Ward-Prowse up to five assists in the league this season.

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West Ham United

  1. Squad number23Player nameAreola

  2. Squad number5Player nameCoufal

  3. Squad number4Player nameZouma

  4. Squad number27Player nameAguerd

  5. Squad number33Player nameEmerson

  6. Squad number19Player nameÁlvarez

  7. Squad number7Player nameWard-Prowse

  8. Squad number14Player nameKudus

  9. Squad number28Player nameSoucek

  10. Squad number10Player nameLucas Paquetá

  11. Squad number20Player nameBowen

  1. Squad number3Player nameCresswell

  2. Squad number9Player nameAntonio

  3. Squad number21Player nameOgbonna

Nottingham Forest

  1. Squad number23Player nameVlachodimos

  2. Squad number43Player nameAina

  3. Squad number19Player nameNiakhaté

  4. Squad number40Player nameMurillo

  5. Squad number15Player nameToffolo

  6. Squad number6Player nameSangaré

  7. Squad number5Player nameMangala

  8. Squad number16Player nameDomínguez

  9. Squad number10Player nameGibbs-White

  10. Squad number9Player nameAwoniyi

  11. Squad number21Player nameElanga

  1. Squad number11Player nameWood

  2. Squad number24Player nameAurier

  3. Squad number27Player nameOrigi

  4. Squad number28Player nameDanilo

  5. Squad number30Player nameBoly


West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23Areola
  • 5CoufalBooked at 22mins
  • 4Zouma
  • 27Aguerd
  • 33Emerson
  • 19ÁlvarezSubstituted forAntonioat 79′minutes
  • 7Ward-Prowse
  • 14KudusBooked at 60minsSubstituted forOgbonnaat 90+5′minutes
  • 28Soucek
  • 10Lucas PaquetáSubstituted forCresswellat 90+9′minutes
  • 20Bowen


  • 1Fabianski
  • 3Cresswell
  • 8Fornals
  • 9Antonio
  • 15Mavropanos
  • 18Ings
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 22Benrahma
  • 24Kehrer

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-3-3

  • 23Vlachodimos
  • 43AinaSubstituted forAurierat 76′minutes
  • 19NiakhatéBooked at 54mins
  • 40Santiago Costa dos SantosSubstituted forBolyat 76′minutes
  • 15Toffolo
  • 6SangaréSubstituted forOrigiat 90′minutes
  • 5Mangala
  • 16DomínguezSubstituted forDaniloat 45′minutes
  • 10Gibbs-White
  • 9AwoniyiSubstituted forWoodat 76′minutes
  • 21ElangaBooked at 64mins


  • 1Turner
  • 7N Williams
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 11Wood
  • 22Yates
  • 24Aurier
  • 27Origi
  • 28Danilo
  • 30Boly

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