Forest beat Hammers as fans pay tribute to Clough

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  • Tuesday, 28 Sep 2004

LONDON: Substitute striker Marlon King scored in the final seconds to give second division Nottingham Forest a 2-1 win over West Ham United on Sunday, as fans and players paid tribute to late Forest manager Brian Clough. 

Clough died on Monday from stomach cancer aged 69 and over 25,000 fans packed the City Ground to pay their respects to the man who took Forest from relative obscurity to double European champions in 1979 and 1980. 

The supporters were rewarded with their struggling team's first league win of the season on an emotional afternoon. 

Many spectators wore the type of green jersey often sported by Clough, while banners underlined the indelible mark left on Forest, and English football as a whole, by the charismatic coach. 

The trophies Forest won under Clough were on display, with members of his former teams present. The players wore black armbands, and both sides and the crowd observed a minute's silence before kickoff. 

Once the match started, however, there was little for the home fans to cheer until the closing minutes. 

Former Forest striker Marlon Harewood gave West Ham a deserved lead after 58 minutes with an easy side-foot finish. 

Paul Evans levelled with a fine left-foot drive after 84 minutes before King, just back in the team after falling out with manager Joe Kinnear, curled home a superb shot from the edge of the box. 

Victory left Forest lying 21st in the 24-team division with nine points from 10 matches, whileWest Ham are sixth on 17 points, four behind leaders Reading. – Reuters 

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