Returning to the highest level of English football after 23 years of absence, Nottingham Forest offered its public a first victory against West Ham (1-0), Sunday, during the second day of the English championship.
The difference was made in added time in the first period, following a soft shot from Jesse Lingard, which defender Ben Johnson pushed back on the very lucky Taiwo Awoniyi (45th + 1, 1-0), recruited this summer from Union Berlin and scorer in his first official match at the City Ground.
Far from being curled up on their own goal, the players of Forest also knew how to preserve the score while continuing to be threatening until the end of the match.
After a logical defeat against Manchester City (2-0) on the first day, this new setback is a real underperformance for the Hammers, who however did not have success on their side, with two shots on the bar followed by two unfortunate rebounds on the line (46th, 61st). Their captain Declan Rice also saw his penalty saved by Dean Henderson (65th) and the new side of Forest, Neco Williams (83rd), arrived from Liverpool this summer, saved a ball on his line.
This Sunday’s second game will pit Chelsea against Tottenham (5.30pm), two teams who have won their first game and have the opportunity to join Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the Championship.