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Portsmouth   1 - 1   West Ham

Danny Webber equalises for Portsmouth
Webber's first Premier League goal for Portsmouth earned them a point

By Marc Vesty

Striker Danny Webber rescued a point for Portsmouth in a scrappy draw which does little to help either side's prospects of Premier League survival.

West Ham could have been well clear but for the heroics of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who saved from Frank Nouble, Alessandro Diamanti and Jack Collison.

The Hammers' lead came fortuitously, as Younes Kaboul's headed clearance looped in off the chest of Matthew Upson.

But substitute Danny Webber's slick finish earned Pompey a deserved point.

Looking at the statistics it seemed obvious why these two sides, who have both spent most of this season battling financial meltdown, have also spent the vast majority of the campaign struggling against relegation.

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Lack of creativity or a proven goalscorer has clearly hindered both, with Pompey's return of 18 goals in their previous 21 games and West Ham's four goals in their last seven league games telling the story.

However, on a night filled with goalmouth action, not necessarily all coming through high-quality build-up play, both side's continually threatened to boost their goal tally.

After a drab start on a bitterly cold night on the south coast, the game was brought to life in an explosive six-minute spell in the first half where both goalkeepers proved their worth in a frantic exchange.

Zola disappointed with Pompey draw

West Ham's livewire striker Nouble set pulses racing when he burst clean through to put himself one-on-one with goalkeeper Begovic but the youngster was denied by a point-blank save, before Begovic tipped Diamanti's curling follow-up effort wide.

Almost immediately Pompey hit back as Aaron Mokoena found a yard of space but his drive was palmed away by a fully-extended Robert Green.

Again Nouble was at the heart of West Ham's forward play as he played a one-two with Jack Collison, whose 12-yard shot looked destined for the corner before Begovic sprung to fingertip the ball around the post with a stunning save.

Kaboul heads the ball onto Upson
Upson was fortunate to give West Ham the lead

Pompey's resistance did not last though and West Ham finally managed to beat Begovic on 52 minutes when Diamanti's back-post cross was challenged for by Kaboul and Upson, with the Pompey defender's attempted clearance ricocheting off Upson and looping over the helpless Begovic.

Pompey's dismal luck continued when Marc Wilson powered his header over the bar from six yards when he really should have levelled proceedings.

And Kevin-Prince Boeteng was the next Pompey player guilty of wasting a golden opportunity when he arrived on the edge of the box to meet John Utaka's cross but scuffed his effort into the side netting.

Grant resolute despite Pompey woes

Portsmouth's second-half pressure finally told when substitute Webber sprung the Hammers' offside trap and slipped his finish through the legs of Green for his first Premier League goal for Pompey.

Utaka smashed a rasping effort straight into the hands of Green as the home side threatened to take all three points but West Ham held out to ensure Pompey remain in deep trouble at the bottom of the table.


Portsmouth manager Avram Grant:
"It was a very tight game as expected.

"They came to fight, we came to fight. We dominated the game first half but they created both chances.

"Second half we were better but I don't know how they scored.

"We showed a lot of character, we scored a goal and could have scored two more.

"We did everything to win especially in the second half.

West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola:
"I think it feels like two points dropped.

"We had control of the game and I didn't see them coming back, we also had two chances to score again.

"I'm delighted with the performance of the players.

"It was another brilliant performance attitude-wise and I think with this attitude we will play better and better."

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Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Portsmouth 1-1 West Ham FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Webber 76
  • Upson 52

Portsmouth

Substitutes

West Ham

Substitutes

Ref: MarrinerAtt: 18,322
PORTSMOUTH
WEST HAM

Possession

  • Portsmouth 47%
  • West Ham 53%

Attempts on target

  • Portsmouth 8
  • West Ham 4

Attempts off target

  • Portsmouth 6
  • West Ham 8

Corners

  • Portsmouth 6
  • West Ham 4

Fouls

  • Portsmouth 16
  • West Ham 9
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:28 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+3:53 Shot by John Utaka from 20 yards. Save by Robert Green.
  • 90:00+3:21 Danny Webber takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
  • 90:00+1:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Younes Kaboul by Carlton Cole. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.
  • 88:38 Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Noble from right wing.
  • 88:38 Booking Aaron Mokoena goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 88:33 Aaron Mokoena concedes a free kick for a foul on Valon Behrami.
  • 87:51 Shot from just outside the penalty area by John Utaka misses to the left of the target.
  • 86:20 Substitution Junior Stanislas comes on in place of Alessandro Diamanti.
  • 86:20 Kevin-Prince Boateng has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
  • 84:22 Carlton Cole has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 82:01 John Utaka concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Upson. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
  • 81:24 The ball is crossed by John Utaka, Danny Webber takes a shot from close in clearing the crossbar.
  • 80:42 Unfair challenge on Valon Behrami by Angelos Basinas results in a free kick. Jonathan Spector crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing. Effort from the edge of the area by Manuel Da Costa goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 79:43 Substitution (West Ham) makes a substitution, with Manuel Da Costa coming on for James Tomkins.
  • Correction - 75:33 John Utaka provided the assist for the goal.
  • Correction - 75:33 GOAL - Danny WebberPortsmouth 1 - 1 West Ham Danny Webber gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Portsmouth 1-1 West Ham.
  • 75:33 The assist for the goal came from John Utaka.
  • 75:33 GOAL - Anthony Vanden BorrePortsmouth 1 - 1 West Ham Anthony Vanden Borre finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Portsmouth 1-1 West Ham.
  • 75:04 Valon Behrami takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
  • 74:11 The ball is crossed by Steve Finnan, blocked by Jonathan Spector. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Angelos Basinas, Younes Kaboul takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
  • 73:40 Kevin-Prince Boateng fouled by Valon Behrami, the ref awards a free kick. Angelos Basinas restarts play with the free kick.
  • 73:27 The assistant referee signals for offside against Jack Collison. Steve Finnan takes the indirect free kick.
  • Correction - 72:16 Inswinging corner taken by Angelos Basinas from the left by-line, save made by Robert Green.
  • Correction - 72:16 Substitution Frank Nouble leaves the field to be replaced by Carlton Cole.
  • Correction - 72:16 Substitution (Portsmouth) makes a substitution, with Danny Webber coming on for Frederic Piquionne.
  • Correction - 72:16 Kevin-Prince Boateng crosses the ball, Julien Faubert gets a block in.
  • 72:16 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Angelos Basinas, Robert Green makes a save.
  • 72:16 Substitution Frank Nouble goes off and Carlton Cole comes on.
  • 72:16 Substitution Danny Webber is brought on as a substitute for Frederic Piquionne.
  • 72:16 Centre by Kevin-Prince Boateng, Julien Faubert gets a block in.
  • Correction - 70:24 The ball is delivered by Julien Faubert, save by Asmir Begovic. Mark Noble delivers the ball, Close range header by Matthew Upson goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 70:24 Julien Faubert produces a cross, save made by Asmir Begovic. The ball is delivered by Mark Noble, James Tomkins has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
  • 69:14 Centre by John Utaka, Shot by Kevin-Prince Boateng from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
  • 68:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Radoslav Kovac by Angelos Basinas. James Tomkins takes the free kick.
  • 67:09 The referee gives a free kick against Kevin-Prince Boateng for handball. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
  • 66:28 Aaron Mokoena challenges Jack Collison unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robert Green takes the direct free kick. Frank Nouble concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Wilson. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
  • 66:10 Booking Kevin-Prince Boateng shown a yellow card.
  • 64:40 Jonathan Spector challenges Anthony Vanden Borre unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steve Finnan, James Tomkins makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Angelos Basinas from the left by-line, save made by Robert Green. Drilled right-footed shot by Kevin-Prince Boateng. Blocked by Radoslav Kovac.
  • 63:02 Robert Green takes the indirect free kick.
  • 63:02 Substitution Hayden Mullins goes off and Anthony Vanden Borre comes on.
  • 63:02 John Utaka is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
  • 60:25 Corner taken by Angelos Basinas from the right by-line, Marc Wilson has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
  • 59:22 Free kick crossed right-footed by Marc Wilson, clearance by Jonathan Spector.
  • 59:22 Booking The referee books Mark Noble for unsporting behaviour.
  • 59:15 Mark Noble concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin-Prince Boateng.
  • 58:38 John Utaka has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 57:57 Frank Nouble challenges Aaron Mokoena unfairly and gives away a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
  • 57:20 Frederic Piquionne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Tomkins. Robert Green takes the free kick.
  • 56:12 Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Valon Behrami goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 55:04 Drilled left-footed shot by Alessandro Diamanti. Save by Asmir Begovic.
  • 54:34 Unfair challenge on Radoslav Kovac by Hermann Hreidarsson results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Alessandro Diamanti, Marc Wilson manages to make a clearance.
  • 53:35 Booking Angelos Basinas goes into the book.
  • Correction - 51:30 GOAL - Matthew UpsonPortsmouth 0 - 1 West Ham Matthew Upson gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Portsmouth 0-1 West Ham.
  • 51:30 GOAL - Younes KaboulPortsmouth 0 - 1 West Ham Younes Kaboul heads into his own net. Portsmouth 0-1 West Ham.
  • 51:25 Alessandro Diamanti provided the assist for the goal.
  • 51:13 Alessandro Diamanti decides to take a short corner.
  • 48:41 Radoslav Kovac handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
  • 45:55 Kevin-Prince Boateng crosses the ball.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:36 The first half comes to an end.
  • 45:00+1:51 The ball is delivered by Steve Finnan, James Tomkins makes a clearance. Corner taken by Hermann Hreidarsson played to the near post, Valon Behrami manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:00+1:26 The ball is crossed by Kevin-Prince Boateng, Matthew Upson makes a clearance.
  • 45:00+0:57 Centre by Matthew Upson, Younes Kaboul makes a clearance.
  • 44:16 Angelos Basinas takes a shot. Robert Green makes a comfortable save.
  • 43:40 Jonathan Spector gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Finnan. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
  • 41:26 Frederic Piquionne challenges Radoslav Kovac unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jack Collison.
  • 39:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Angelos Basinas by Radoslav Kovac. Free kick crossed right-footed by Angelos Basinas from left channel.
  • 38:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc Wilson by Frank Nouble. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
  • 37:31 Alessandro Diamanti is caught offside. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
  • 37:20 John Utaka gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Upson. Free kick taken by Mark Noble.
  • 36:07 Julien Faubert fouled by Kevin-Prince Boateng, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
  • 31:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Hermann Hreidarsson on Alessandro Diamanti. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
  • 28:17 Alessandro Diamanti produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 27:42 Unfair challenge on Mark Noble by Kevin-Prince Boateng results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Upson.
  • 26:09 Centre by Frederic Piquionne, clearance by James Tomkins.
  • 25:21 Aaron Mokoena gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alessandro Diamanti. Julien Faubert takes the free kick.
  • 22:29 Jack Collison takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save. Alessandro Diamanti takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Younes Kaboul.
  • 21:07 Aaron Mokoena takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green. Angelos Basinas takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Matthew Upson. Younes Kaboul takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
  • 20:33 Alessandro Diamanti takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
  • 20:19 Frank Nouble takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
  • 18:33 Alessandro Diamanti has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 17:52 Hermann Hreidarsson sends in a cross.
  • 14:35 Kevin-Prince Boateng sends in a cross, clearance by Radoslav Kovac.
  • 11:58 Kevin-Prince Boateng gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Radoslav Kovac. Alessandro Diamanti delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Hermann Hreidarsson manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Alessandro Diamanti, save by Asmir Begovic.
  • 7:29 The referee gives a free kick against Jack Collison for handball. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
  • 7:01 The ball is delivered by Frank Nouble, save made by Asmir Begovic.
  • 5:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by John Utaka on Valon Behrami. Matthew Upson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 5:08 Kevin-Prince Boateng gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Radoslav Kovac. Mark Noble restarts play with the free kick.
  • 4:35 Valon Behrami produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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Premier League results

26 Jan 2010 23:59 UK


Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 26 Jan 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 23 34 50
2 Arsenal 22 34 48
3 Chelsea 21 34 48
4 Tottenham 23 20 41
5 Liverpool 23 14 38
6 Man City 21 12 38
7 Aston Villa 21 11 36
8 Birmingham 21 2 33
9 Fulham 22 0 27
10 Everton 21 -4 26
11 Stoke 21 -7 25
12 Blackburn 22 -16 24
13 Sunderland 21 -8 23
14 Wigan 20 -21 22
15 Bolton 21 -13 21
16 West Ham 22 -9 20
17 Wolves 22 -21 20
18 Burnley 22 -22 20
19 Hull 22 -26 19
20 Portsmouth 21 -14 15

see also
Tuesday football as it happened
26 Jan 10 |  Football
Tuesday's football photos
26 Jan 10 |  Football



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