Fans arrived at Fratton Park feeling they no longer had much in common with cash-strapped Portsmouth now David Sullivan and David Gold have come to the rescue, but, with one win in nine, the similarities between the two clubs remain there for all to see.
Gianfranco Zola will be hopeful that the impending arrival of Benni McCarthy, and possibly Eidur Gudjohnsen, means that soon he will no longer have to rely on slices of good fortune on this occasion a lucky deflection from a Matthew Upson header to give his side the advantage.
Point made: Substitute Danny Webber grabs Portsmouth's equaliser late on at Fratton Park
But Zola could not hide his disappointment at throwing away the chanceof only West Ham's second away win of the season, after Danny Webberequalised with just under 15 minutes remaining.
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