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West Ham humbled by Forest in FA Cup
Weakened West Ham crushed 5-0 by Nottingham Forest in third-round shock in FA Cup
By STEVE DOUGLAS
Associated Press
2014-01-05 10:42 PM

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- West Ham's gamble of playing a team full of youngsters and reserve players backfired spectacularly when the Premier League struggler was thrashed 5-0 by second-tier Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

With his squad hit by injury and a League Cup semifinal against Manchester City to come on Wednesday, West Ham manager Sam Allardyce fielded an unrecognizable starting XI that was humbled at The City Ground.

Djamel Abdoun's goal gave Forest a 1-0 lead at halftime before Jamie Paterson scored a hat trick and Andy Reid completed the humiliation with the fifth in injury time.

Later Sunday, third-tier Oldham looks to beat Liverpool for the second straight year in the competition, Chelsea visits second-tier Derby and Manchester United hosts fellow Premier League side Swansea.

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