Filed: Wednesday, 22nd October 2003
By: Graeme Howlett
New manager Alan Pardew was given plenty of food for thought tonight as his Hammers side could only manage a draw - the third at home in succession - against a spirited Nottingham Forest side at the Boleyn tonight.
Jermain Defoe - notching his ninth goal of the season - earned the Hammers a point with a 56th minute equaliser, after Andy Reid had given the visitors a 5th minute lead with a 25 yard thunderbolt of a strike.
Yet again the Hammers will be left to reflect on what might have been; once again they enjoyed the lions share of possession, but - again - failed to convert a string a chances.
The point lifts West Ham above Ipswich into fifth spot in Division One - yet the result will certainly be viewed as (another) two points lost; points which would have lifted the Hammers into second spot.
You can read the first of our full match reports right here.
West Ham United: James, Repka, Dailly, Mullins, Quinn, Hutchison, Lee (Ferdinand), Carrick, Etherington, Defoe, Connolly (Mellor)
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