Nottingham Forest Under 23s bowed out of the Premier League Cup this evening following a 3-0 defeat at reigning champions West Ham United.
The Reds made the journey to East London knowing that only victory would keep their qualification hopes alive but they were undone by a brace from Joe Powell and a late strike from Nathan Holland.
There was an early penalty shout for Hildeberto Pereira as he went down inside the box under the challenge of Josh Pask but the referee waved away the appeals as Forest sought a reward for a bright start.
A long delay followed as Pask was involved in a nasty collision with his goalkeeper Nathan Trott and after receiving treatment for almost seven minutes, he was stretchered from the field.
The break in play seemed to favour the home side and they took the lead with 34 minutes on the clock. Kyle Knoyle's cross from the right found Powell and his looping header had enough on it to beat Jordan Wright in the Forest goal.
Powell got his and West Ham's second goal of the night with five minutes remaining in the first half. Fred Nielsen didn't put enough weight on his back-pass to Wright and Powell nipped in to slot the ball into the back of the net.
There were opportunities for both sides in the second half but it was the hosts who wrapped up the points late on. A smart one-two between Holland and Djair Parfitt-Williams led to the former tapping the ball home past Wright.
That ended a disappointing night for Gareth Holmes's side in Dagenham and they now face a home game against Leicester City (Friday 24 February, kick-off 7pm) to round off their Premier League Cup campaign.
Forest: J.Wright, Charlesworth, Crookes, Edser, Nielsen, Iacovitti, Otim (Johnson 78'), Coleman (Taylor 78'), A.Smith, Pereira, Thorne (McClean 61')
Subs not used: Marques, Re
Bookings: Otim, Edser
West Ham: Trott, Knoyle, Pask (Akinola 23'), Rice, Neufville, Makasi, Quina, Kemp (Sylvestre 63'), Diangana, Holland, Powell (Parfitt-Williams 78')
Subs not used: Matrevics, Hector-Ingram
Goals: Powell 34', 40', Holland 89'
Bookings: Kemp, Quina