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Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marko Futacs by Papa Bouba Diop. Shot comes in from Erik Huseklepp from the free kick, Carlton Cole gets a block in.
Henri Lansbury fouled by Erik Huseklepp, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
Kevin Nolan concedes a free kick for a foul on Benjani Mwaruwari. Shot on goal comes in from Liam Lawrence from the free kick, Jack Collison gets a block in. Liam Lawrence takes a shot. Carlton Cole gets a block in.
The referee blows for offside against Henri Lansbury. Stephen Henderson takes the direct free kick.
Adam Webster produces a cross, save by Robert Green.
Marko Futacs takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
Liam Lawrence delivers the ball, Robert Green makes a save.
Kevin Nolan fouled by Benjani Mwaruwari, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
Dave Kitson produces a cross, clearance made by James Tomkins.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Henri Lansbury on Joel Ward. Free kick taken by Jason Pearce.
The offside flag is raised against Erik Huseklepp. (West Ham) makes a substitution, with Henri Lansbury coming on for Julien Faubert. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Carlton Cole. Benjani Mwaruwari is brought on as a substitute for Hayden Mullins. Stephen Henderson restarts play with the free kick.
Hayden Mullins takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
(Portsmouth) makes a substitution, with Adam Webster coming on for Greg Halford.
Joey O'Brien gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Lawrence. Liam Lawrence takes the direct free kick.
Hayden Mullins goes into the book. The referee books Kevin Nolan for unsporting behaviour.
Effort from outside the penalty area by Julien Faubert goes wide left of the target.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble, save made by Stephen Henderson.
The ball is delivered by Carlton Cole, Greg Halford gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carlton Cole by Tal Ben-Haim. Winston Reid takes the direct free kick.
Effort from the edge of the box by Kevin Nolan goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Shot from just outside the area by George McCartney misses to the left of the target.
The ball is crossed by Jack Collison, clearance made by Greg Halford.
Joey O'Brien sends in a cross, clearance by Tal Ben-Haim.
Julien Faubert challenges Tal Ben-Haim unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Henderson restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Julien Faubert from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jack Collison, clearance by Dave Kitson.
Jack Collison produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
Julien Faubert is ruled offside. Stephen Henderson takes the direct free kick.
Carlton Cole takes a shot. Save made by Stephen Henderson.
Headed effort from deep inside the area by Carlton Cole misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Norris on Winston Reid. Red card for David Norris. Direct free kick taken by James Tomkins.
Jason Pearce has a shot and missed to the right of the net.
Erik Huseklepp delivers the ball, clearance made by Kevin Nolan.
The ball is sent over by Liam Lawrence, clearance made by James Tomkins.
The ball is swung over by Mark Noble, clearance made by Greg Halford.
Liam Lawrence challenges Kevin Nolan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James Tomkins.
Erik Huseklepp has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
David Norris produces a cross, save made by Robert Green.
The ball is crossed by Erik Huseklepp.
The ball is sent over by Julien Faubert, save made by Stephen Henderson.
Greg Halford gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlton Cole. George McCartney takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Jason Pearce on Papa Bouba Diop, free kick awarded. Jason Pearce is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
Hayden Mullins takes a shot. Kevin Nolan gets a block in.
Corner taken short by Liam Lawrence.
Corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence,
Liam Lawrence takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
Marko Futacs takes a shot. Mark Noble gets a block in.
Liam Lawrence fouled by Kevin Nolan, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Liam Lawrence.
Corner taken short by Liam Lawrence, Centre by David Norris, Papa Bouba Diop manages to make a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken by Liam Lawrence from the right by-line, Jason Pearce takes a shot. Clearance made by James Tomkins.
David Norris takes a shot. Joey O'Brien makes a clearance.
Erik Huseklepp joins the action as a substitute, replacing Aaron Mokoena.
Outswinging corner taken by Liam Lawrence from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Carlton Cole.
Shot from just outside the box by Mark Noble misses to the right of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Julien Faubert, clearance made by Jason Pearce.
Jason Pearce fouled by Carlton Cole, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.
Tal Ben-Haim challenges Winston Reid unfairly and gives away a Penalty. Mark Noble scores a placed penalty. Portsmouth 0-1 West Ham.
Dave Kitson challenges Joey O'Brien unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee cautions Dave Kitson for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Mark Noble.
Hayden Mullins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Julien Faubert. Mark Noble has an effort direct from the free kick, blocked by Marko Futacs.
Foul by Hayden Mullins on Papa Bouba Diop, free kick awarded. George McCartney restarts play with the free kick.
Carlton Cole is caught offside. Stephen Henderson takes the direct free kick.
The ball is crossed by George McCartney.
Mark Noble is penalised for a handball. Jason Pearce takes the direct free kick.
Dave Kitson challenges Joey O'Brien unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James Tomkins.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Jack Collison. Stephen Henderson restarts play with the free kick.
Jack Collison crosses the ball, Aaron Mokoena gets a block in.
Greg Halford produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Papa Bouba Diop gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Lawrence. Liam Lawrence restarts play with the free kick.
George McCartney delivers the ball, Stephen Henderson makes a clearance.
Trio doubts for Pompey
Portsmouth have injury doubts over Ricardo Rocha, Hayden Mullins and Luke Varney ahead of the visit of West Ham.
Defender Rocha limped out of Sunday's FA Cup defeat at Chelsea after aggravating the calf injury which had kept him out of the previous two matches and is unlikely to be involved.
Mullins also came off at Stamford Bridge with a calf problem but manager Michael Appleton is hopeful the midfielder will be fit to face his former club.
Striker Varney this week had an injection in a bid to speed up his recovery from the knee injury which has sidelined him for over a month but he will not be risked if there are any doubts over his fitness.
Pompey hope to re-sign left-back Joe Mattock on loan from West Brom.
West Ham have the rare luxury of an almost fully-fit squad.
The Hammers were riddled with injuries and suspensions over Christmas and New Year, but now only defender Guy Demel (thigh) and midfielder Matt Taylor (calf) remain in the treatment room.
Boss Sam Allardyce rested his key men in the FA Cup defeat at Sheffield Wednesday last weekend so goalkeeper Rob Green, defender James Tomkins, skipper Kevin Nolan, fellow midfielder Mark Noble and striker Carlton Cole are all set to return to the starting line-up.
Youngsters Dan Potts and Robert Hall played in the Youth Cup win over Brighton on Wednesday night but could still be involved.
Winger Gary O'Neil and striker Frederic Piquionne will hope to figure against their former club.
Hammers maintain promotion push
West Ham kept up the pressure at the top of the npower Championship with a 1-0 win over 10-man Portsmouth.
Mark Noble's first-half penalty proved enough to see off Pompey, who had David Norris sent off after the break.
Victory means Sam Allardyce's men, who were unceremoniously dumped out of the FA Cup by Sheffield Wednesday in their previous match, remain level with Southampton at the top of the table, while Michael Appleton's Portsmouth may still be looking nervously over their shoulders at the relegation zone seven points below.
The hosts carved out the first opening as Liam Lawrence lifted in a free-kick and Greg Halford eluded his marker to get to the ball first before steering his header over the bar.
But it was the Hammers using the ball to greater effect on the floor and midway through the half they crafted a move of genuine quality which saw Noble and Winston Reid play a clever one-two before the latter was brought down by Tal Ben-Haim in the box.
Referee Kevin Friend did not hesitate to point to the spot and Noble stroked home his fourth penalty of the season despite Stephen Henderson getting a hand to it.
Pompey were forced to make a change with just over half an hour gone as defensive midfielder Aaron Mokoena limped off following a challenge with Carlton Cole.
Appleton took the opportunity to introduce a more attacking player, bringing on Norway international Erik Huseklepp, who almost made an immediate impact.
He brilliantly controlled a lofted pass on his chest before cutting inside and feeding Norris, whose shot deflected wide off James Tomkins.
The same two players linked up again to earn a corner two minutes later as the home side cranked up the pressure, but the visitors cleared at the second attempt.
Portsmouth closed the half with another well-crafted opportunity as Dave Kitson sprayed a pass wide for Lawrence and the midfielder surged past George McCartney before stinging Robert Green's palms with a powerful effort.
The hosts continued to press after the break and looked the more likely to score next, although Jason Pearce's 40-yard effort proved a little too ambitious as it sailed clear of the bar.
Their chances of claiming something from the game were dealt a critical blow after 57 minutes though when Norris was dismissed for a foul on Reid.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, Portsmouth still looked a threat in front of goal and Marko Futacs pounced on Reid's poor defensive header but dragged his shot just wide from 20 yards.
It was West Ham who went closest in the second half, however, as Jack Collison curled in a superb long-range effort which came back off the angle of bar and post.
Henderson then had to be alert to keep out a wayward chested backpass from Halford as Allardyce's side sought to make the points safe.
They controlled possession for the final 15 minutes, sporadically threatening Henderson's goal and, crucially, denying Portsmouth any clear-cut opportunities to snatch a draw.
Kevin Nolan should have put the icing on the cake with four minutes left when Collison played him in but he lifted his shot over and, with Southampton winning comfortably at Nottingham Forest, the Hammers stayed second on goal difference.
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