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Swans dump United out of Cup

HAMMERED:Second-tier Nottingham Forest beat West Ham United 5-0 to bring back memories of the glory days when they won two European Cups

AFP, LONDON

West Ham became the second Premier League team to be eliminated by lower-league opposition in this season’s competition when they were crushed 5-0 by Championship side Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

A day after Aston Villa fell to third-tier Sheffield United, West Ham were undone by a 14-minute hat-trick from Forest forward Jamie Paterson, sandwiched by an early Djamel Abdoun penalty and a late Andy Reid strike.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce made nine changes to his starting XI and gave debuts to three young players, but he told ITV: “What choice did I have? I don’t think I had one.”

“I make the decisions for the benefit of everyone at the football club. We have a huge amount of problems in terms of available players,” he added.

Sunderland overcame third-tier Carlisle United 2-1 at the Stadium of Light to take their place in the fourth round.

Adam Johnson put Sunderland ahead with a fine 34th-minute free-kick and then supplied the cross from which Sean O’Hanlon put through his own goal after Matty Robson had leveled the scores.

A 90th-minute strike from 20-year-old French midfielder El-Hadji Ba completed victory for Gus Poyet’s men.

In Sunday’s other tie, Port Vale were taken to a replay after they were held 2-2 by Plymouth Argyle.

Additional reporting by staff writer

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