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One American found himself against a compatriot in today's FA Cup tie at the City Ground in Nottingham.

Forest's US international Eric Lichaj started for the home side, his 19th appearance of the season. The 24-year-old defender from Illinois has ten international caps and has been a part of Forest's promotion drive.

However under fire West Ham manager Sam Allardyce fueled the debate about the importance of the FA Cup by fielding an under-strength line up which looked like this:

Adrian; Jarvis, Downing, Potts, Diarra; Driver, Whitehead, Lletget, Maiga; Morrison, Moncur.

Lletget is of course Sebastian Lletget, who was first spotted by West Ham United International Academy scouts while playing for Sporting Santa Clara.

A native of the Bay Area, he  is a United States Under-23 international and joined the Hammers first-team squad on pre-season tour in Austria in July 2012 and Germany in July 2013.
It was to be Lichaj's day though as his side cruised somewhat easily to a 5-0 home win.

Jamie Paterson was the man of the match though. He won a penalty in the first half after a foul by George Moncur which Algerian Djamel Abdou cheekily chipped over goalkeeper Adrian, having somewhat forcefully fought off his teammate Henri Lansbury for the right to take the kick.

Paterson added to the Reds' tally in the 65th minute and added his second - and Forest's third - six minutes later.

He completed his personal hat trick ten minutes before the end. The Coventry born former Walsall winger had gone 16 games without a goal but broke his duck in style. Andy Reid added a fifth in stoppage time.

Immediately following the game, the draw for the 4th round was made. Forest will play at home to Ipswich or Hull City.