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  • Webber (76)
  • Upson (52)
  • Date:2010-01-26
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Fratton Park
  • Attendance:18322
  • Referee:Marriner, A

Live Commentary

90mins

Full Time: Portsmouth 1 - 1 West Ham. Webber's 75th equaliser salvages a point for Pompey who end the game strongly, earning themselves a point.

90mins

Webber cannot get the ball under control on the edge of the box and Upson clears the danger.

90mins

It is Portsmouth who look the most likely to grab a winner as the fourth official indicates four minutes of added time.

89mins

Mokoena picks up a late booking after going in late on Behrami.

87mins

Alessandro Diamanti makes way for Junior Stanislas.

86mins

The hosts are going all out for the win now and Boateng hits an ambitious effort from 25-yards, failing to trouble Green.

84mins

Cole turns Kaboul and peels into the box before striking a wild effort wide of the mark.

82mins

The game has turned in Portsmouth's favour now and super-sub Webber's deft flick almost creeps in under Green's crossbar.

81mins

The first action from Da Costa is at the other end as he strikes a half-volley wide of Begovic's goal.

79mins

Manuel Da Costa comes on for Tomkins.

77mins

Tomkins picked up an injury in the build up to the goal and does not look as though he will be able to continue.

76mins

PORTSMOUTH 1 - 1 WEST HAM: WEBBER finds the back of the net as he beats Green to a loose ball. What an important goal that could be for Pompey.

75mins

A Behrami snap-shot misses the target following good work from Cole.

75mins

Basinas causes problems from another corner and Kaboul's towering header falls into the arms of Green.

73mins

The cheers from the travelling fans indicate the introduction of Carlton Cole who replaces the impressive Frank Nouble.

72mins

Danny Webber comes on for Frederic Piquionne.

71mins

Pompey have not learnt from their mistakes and fail to pick up runners again from a set-piece but this time Tomkins' header is wide of the mark.

69mins

A cross evades everyone in the box and comes to Utaka at the far post and pulls his shot into the side netting.

68mins

Carlton Cole has been prowling the touchline warming up for the last ten minutes and looks eager to get on the pitch.

66mins

Boateng earns himself a booking for complaining about Andre Marriner's penalty decision.

65mins

There are shouts of handball as a West Ham shirt blocks a Boateng shot, but Andre Marriner has a good view of it and waves play on.

63mins

Nouble is picked out inside the box but Begovic is quick off his line to block the shot.

62mins

Hayden Mullins makes way for Anthony Vanden Borre.

61mins

Wilson misses a glorious opportunity as he heads a Basinas corner over the bar from six yards.

59mins

Noble is booked for a tug on Boateng's shirt.

58mins

Nouble has made a real nuisance of himself up-front and is causing plenty of problems.

56mins

A great break from West Ham and Nouble is involved again, slipping a pass through to Behrami who drags his shot wide of Begovic's post.

55mins

The visitors are pursuing their second goal and have their tails up with the opponents failing to come up with anything in response.

54mins

Basinas is cautioned following a rash challenge on Behrami.

52mins

PORTSMOUTH 0-1 WEST HAM: Diamanti swings a cross to the far post and UPSON bundles the ball home with Kaboul failing to keep an eye on the ball.

51mins

Nouble holds off his marker and gets a cross into the box but Hreidarsson clears the danger.

49mins

Tomkins' header drops to Boateng on the edge of the box but Noble does well to diffuse the opportunity.

46mins

Utaka pulls away from the defence butt his ball across the face of goal is not read by Piquionne and the chance goes begging.

46mins

The second half is underway and both sides remain unchanged.

45mins

Half Time: Portsmouth 0 - 0 West Ham. Andre Marriner brings the half to a close. Begovic has kept his team in this with a couple of top drawer saves but Green has also been called upon on a couple of occasions.

45mins

The defence opens up as Utaka bursts forwards and plays through Boateng who fails to get the ball under control.

44mins

A speculative 30-yard effort from Basinas sails straight into the arms of Green.

41mins

The game has dried up in terms of chances and the home fans are becoming frustrated as another move breaks down in the final third.

39mins

The pitch at Fratton Park is very sticky and seems to be making passing difficult.

37mins

Nouble's flick-on finds Diamanti who tries to turn his marker but runs into trouble.

35mins

Noble throws himself in the way of a Piquionne shot and picks up an injury for his efforts.

33mins

Noble looks for Nouble who has made a run but Kaboul shadows the ball into the path of Begovic.

30mins

Everything is very narrow from Portsmouth and they are not causing the visitors too many problems.

28mins

Diamanti cuts in from the right flank and bends a shot around the far post with Begovic just off his line.

27mins

Jonathan Spector makes a run and searches out Nouble inside the box but Kaboul reads the pass.

24mins

Behrami and Kovac are making life very difficult for Basinas and Mullins and the central midfield battle is giving West Ham the edge..

22mins

Frank Nouble is involved in a superb West Ham move down the left flank. He slides a pass through to Jack Collison inside the box and Begovic somehow gets a hand to his low shot.

20mins

Begovic pulls off a fantastic double save to firstly deny Nouble from a one-on-one opportunity and then turn a curling Diamanti effort around the far post.

19mins

Diamanti lets fly from outside the box but he makes a mess of it and sends his effort into row Z.

18mins

Great move from Pompey as John Utaka links up with Hermann Hreidarsson who slides an inviting ball across the face of goal for Piquionne, but he cannot connect with the loose ball.

16mins

The Portsmouth defence fail to deal with a bouncing ball and Nouble looks to get the ball under control before Younes Kaboul recovers to clear the danger.

13mins

Alessandro Diamanti swings a corner into the box but it is too close to Begovic who collects the cross.

11mins

West Ham are seeing a lot of the ball in the centre of the park with the five man midfield but lack options up-front with Nouble isolated.

9mins

The visitors look the most comfortable on the ball as Portsmouth, who are playing their first Premiership game of 2010, have not really got going.

7mins

Frank Nouble shows some good movement on the flank and gets a cross into the box but Asmir Begovic plucks the ball out of the air.

5mins

Valon Behrami latches onto a loose ball and blazes a left-footed strike over the bar.

4mins

There is a renews sense of optimism around Fratton Park following the weekend win over Sunderland but their opponents will be hoping to make things difficult for them tonight.

3mins

Matthew Upson allows a long ball to run through and Frederic Piquionne almost latches onto it but Rob Green spares his skipper's blushes.

1mins

The pace is electric in the opening stages and West Ham will be desperate to start the new era of ownership with a win.

0mins

Andre Marriner gets the game underway.

0mins

Carlton Cole returns to the West Ham squad for tonight's game and starts the game on the bench. Alessandro Diamanti is handed a start in the absence of an injured Scott Parker while 18-year-old Frank Nouble begins up-front.

0mins

There are three changes to the Pompey side that beat Sunderland 2-1 in the weekend FA Cup tie. Hayden Mullins and Angelos Basinas come in for Papa Bouba Diop and Michael Brown while Steve Finnan is given the nod ahead of Anthony Vanden Borre.

Match Preview

Basement boys Portsmouth get back to the bread and butter of the Premier League on Tuesday evening with a critical home clash against fellow strugglers West Ham United.

Avram Grant and his men should be in high spirits following their fine FA Cup fourth round success against Sunderland on Saturday.

Despite going behind to a Darren Bent strike, Pompey demonstrated their fighting abilities and a brace from Nigeria frontman John Utaka was enough to see the south coast side tee up a tasty looking fifth round meeting with rivals Southampton.

However, this win should breed confidence and a triumph over Gianfranco Zola's beleaguered outfit could put them within touching distance of the teams directly above them.

Grant currently has the luxury of a full-strength squad to choose from, but diminutive Italian Zola has a whole host of injuries to deal with.

Guillermo Franco, Herita Ilunga, Scott Parker, Danny Gabbidon and Kieron Dyer are all suffering with hamstring complaints, although Ilunga, Parker and Gabbidon could make the showdown as they near fitness.

Zavon Hines (knee) is missing and Carlton Cole, who has a knee complaint of his own, could figure after his lay-off.

Long-term absentees Calum Davenport (thigh) and Luis Boa Morte (cruciate ligament) remain sidelined.

Pompey remain five points from safety - and West Ham - and three points at Fratton Park would prove to be a massive boost in their fight against the drop.

On the flip side, a success for the Hammers, who haven't won on their travels since the opening day of the season at Wolverhampton Wanderers, would see them move eight points ahead of Tuesday's opponents.

The two sides last met on Boxing Day at Upton Park and it was the hosts on the day who came out on top.


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Match Report

Super sub Danny Webber climbed off the bench to score his first Premier League goal in three years to earn bottom club Portsmouth a battling 1- draw against relegation rivals West Ham United.

The Hammers looked set to make it a perfect start for onlooking new owners David Sullivan and David Gold after Younes Kaboul's attempted clearance bounced in off Matt Upson in the 52nd minute.

Webber levelled two minutes after coming on to keep alive Pompey's faint hopes of avoiding the drop.

The match sparked into life with five golden opportunities in a sensational three-minute spell midway through the first half.

Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic came to Pompey's rescue with a fine double save to first block Frank Nouble's close-range effort and then palm away Alessandro Diamanti's follow up.

At the other end England World Cup hopeful Robert Green did well to turn Aaron Mokoena's 21st-minute drive behind before Mark Noble cleared Kaboul's swivelling shot off the line from the resulting corner.

Begovic produced another brilliant fingertip save to turn Jack Collison's curling effort wide of his left-hand post.

Bosnia international Begovic was powerless to prevent West Ham taking the lead in fortuitous circumstances seven minutes after half-time.

Pompey failed to properly clear Diamanti's corner and Kaboul's attempted back headed clearance from the Italian's follow-up cross struck Upson and flew into the net.

Defender Marc Wilson should have equalised nine minutes later but could only put a free header over the crossbar from Angelos Basinas' corner.

West Ham had another lucky escape in the 64th minute when Kevin Prince Boateng fired inches wide after racing onto John Utaka's centre.

Begovic denied Julien Faubert with another excellent reaction save as he clawed the Frenchman's cross-cum shot behind for a corner as the Hammers pressed for a match-clinching second.

Webber equalised 14 minutes from time, getting in behind the West Ham defence to latch onto Utaka's throughball before calmly slotting between the legs of the onrushing Green.

Portsmouth

West Ham United

Corners

64

Fouls

1811

Goal attempts

1513

Shots off target

67

Offsides

12

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