Hammers make offer to crying fan

West Ham have offered one of their supporters the chance to watch a game in the directors' box at Upton Park after he was filmed crying at Nottingham Forest.

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The television cameras picked out a young fan who had burst into tears as the Hammers fell 3-0 down in their FA Cup third round clash at the City Ground.

Forest went on to win 5-0, with a hat-trick from Jamie Paterson the highlight for the hosts, against an inexperienced West Ham side and the club confirmed on their website that they intend to repay the support of one of their travelling contingent.

"Sunday afternoon's defeat at Nottingham Forest was tough for all to take, but particularly for one tearful young man in the away end," a statement on the club's official website, www.whufc.com, read.

"Everyone at West Ham United shares this young man's disappointment and are grateful for the large numbers of fans that made the trip to the City Ground.

"To show the club's appreciation for the travelling Claret and Blue army, the Board, manager and captain would like to offer this young fan and his family a chance to watch an upcoming fixture at the Boleyn Ground from the directors' box."

Sam Allardyce's side currently sit 19th in the Barclays Premier League and their spirits will not have been lifted after crashing out at the third-round stage of the FA Cup.

A Capital One Cup semi-final against Manchester City - the first leg of which takes place at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday - is a high note so far this season but the Hammers will only have 14 fit first-team players for that encounter.

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