A first-half goal from Taiwo Awoniyi was enough to earn Nottingham Forest a 1-0 win over West Ham United on Sunday, their first victory of the new Premier League season as the City Ground played host to top-flight soccer for the first time since 1999.
Following a West Ham counter, Said Benrahma tapped past on-loan Forest goalkeeper Dean Henderson, but the goal was disallowed after Michail Antonio was ruled to have fouled Orel Mangala in the build-up.
Forest also had a goal disallowed after a VAR review in the 54th minute when Brennan Johnson was deemed offside, while Henderson saved a penalty from West Ham captain Declan Rice roughly 10 minutes later to keep the hosts’ slim lead.
After a VAR review, Tomas Soucek’s effort was blocked by Forest defender Scott McKenna’s slightly extended arm, resulting in a penalty for the visitors. Henderson saved Rice’s effort, which was dragged low to his left.
Forest full-back Neco Williams cleared Kurt Zouma’s header off the line in stoppage time to give Steve Cooper’s team their first points of the season.