Former Nottingham Forest star Jamie Paterson has been reminiscing about an FA Cup classic on Twitter. The current Swansea man enjoyed some happy times at Forest, with a game against West Ham in 2014 living long in the memory.
Under Billy Davies, the Reds took on the Hammers on home soil. A weakened West Ham team felt the full force of Forest, with Paterson smashing a hat-trick home during a 5-0 thrashing.
Sam Allardyce was forced to rest players for a Carabao Cup semi-final with Manchester City a few days later. That backfired too, with his strongest team losing 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium.
Forest took full advantage though, with Paterson the star of the show. He scored three times, with Djamel Abdoun and Andy Reid also netting.
Current Liverpool stopper Adrian was in goal for the Hammers that day. He was the only experienced player selected by West Ham, with one eye on their League Cup semi-final.
Paterson was inspired that day. His well-taken hat-trick should have earned him a decent run in the side, but he remained a peripheral figure.
The man signed from Walsall spent three years at the City Ground. He scored 14 goals and claimed 15 assists during 69 appearances for the club and failed to really pin down a regular spot.
Following Paterson’s Tweet, Reid has also found himself reciting one particular memory about the classic clash.
What has Reid said about Paterson during Forest classic?
The Swansea star has taken to Twitter to react to a video showcasing the highlights. It’s a day that clearly lives long in the memory and after departing the pitch with the match ball, why not.
Paterson has summed up the game with three words and an emoji. Cleary, he remembers it well and it must rank as one of the best moments of his career to date.
Reid simply raved about Paterson’s heroics, calling the performance ‘unplayable’ in a message to his former teammate.
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Now 30-years-old, the forward was linked with a move back to Forest in the summer. Instead, he went to Swansea and he’s playing exceptionally well this season.
He’s claimed eight goals and registered four assists for his new club, showcasing exactly how capable he still is in the second tier.