Awoniyi scores as Nottingham Forest defeat West Ham

Taiwo Awoniyi made a remarkable return from a six-week injury layoff, scoring a goal for Nottingham Forest in their 2-1 loss to Arsenal at City Ground.

Nottingham Forest secured a solid win against West Ham, leaving David Moyes’ men in a frustrating situation.

Nigerian striker, Taiwo Awoniyi, who had failed to score in his last three games for Nottingham Forest, was looking to regain his scoring form.

The Super Eagles striker successfully got his name on the scoresheet as Nottingham Forest defeated West Ham 2-0.

Nottingham boss Nuno made two changes from the side that was beaten 3-2 by Newcastle on Saturday, with Taiwo Awoniyi leading the attack.

David Moyes also made two changes to the West Ham side that suffered a heavy 6-0 defeat by Arsenal on Sunday, with Michail Antonio making his first start since November as Ben Johnson dropped to the bench.

Nottingham Forest started the game brightly and were rewarded with the first goal of the game in the first half of injury time. West Ham failed to clear the ball in the box, and as it was sent back in, Taiwo Awoniyi controlled superbly before turning and finishing clinically to give Forest the lead going into halftime.

Taiwo Awoniyi

Taiwo Awoniyi celebrates his goal.

The second half kicked off, and the home side continued from where they left off, pressing for a second goal. The tension mounted for West Ham, who later saw their player receive his marching orders after receiving his second yellow card.

Kalvin Phillips was shown his second yellow card of the game, with both bookings coming in a matter of minutes, the second after he sent Morgan Gibbs-White flying with a late challenge.

Forest sealed the victory with a second goal to make it 2-0, as Callum Hudson-Odoi smashed home from inside the box to secure all three points for Forest.

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