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West Ham 0-1 Pompey

West Ham
0 - 1

Upton Park

Tues 08-04-08, 7.45pm

Attendance: 33629


Now that the FA cup final spot has been secured our second visit to London in less than a week saw the league bid for a 5th place finish return as the gaffer returned to his old stomping ground. Could we raise our game and claim the points or would we disappoint? Well we did not disappoint, nor did we fail to get the 3 points as we got a 1-0 win.

There was only 3 changes from the semi final side, Lassana Diarra, Milan Baros and Kanu dropped out, the latter to the bench as Pedro Mendes, Arnold Mvuemba and Dave Nugent came in.

Another win was secured thanks for a Niko Kranjcar goal in the second half to leave us still in the hunt for that 5th place.

The Match
A nice open game was seeing Luis Boa Morte looking dangerous for the Hammers early on, having one shot and another ball across the box was very tempting but luckily no one got on the end of it.

West Ham should have taken the lead when a mistake at the back let Bobby Zamora in, he rounded David James but missed the chance.

West Ham were having the possession but we almost went ahead through Dave Nugent who just missed the target with a good effort that found the side netting - the travelling Pompey fans thought it was in…

After coming under a little pressure of our own we then put the Hammers under some with Niko Kranjcar sending an effort wide then Pedro Mendes tried his luck with an effort that Rob Green spilled but fortunately for him this did not quite fall to Nugent who was lurking.

The more the half went on the more Kranjcar got into it and a move involving him and Sulley Muntari ended with a run forward from Muntari and a shot, unfortunately this effort did not trouble the keeper at all.

As the half drew to an end Dean Ashton almost gave the Hammers the lead when he unleashed a piledriver. Thankfully James was alert and he turned it away for a corner. As a result of this corner they eventually won a free kick on the edge of the area that Nolberto Solano hit, with this being deflected behind for a corner.

The Hammers stated the 2nd half brightly and won a corner in the opening minute of the half but we managed to defend this - with Kranjcar having our first chance of the half in about the 10th minute of it. A good ball in by Nugent was put over the bar by the Croatian then Glen Johnson had a crack shortly after but did not test Green.

The pressure that we had been putting the home side under was growing and on the hour we were ahead. The goal had been coming and when it did it was a beauty from Kranjcar, a fine drive from 25-yards.

With just under 20 minutes to play Harry Redknapp made his first change of the night, to a well deserved applause and pat on the back from his manager Nugent made way for Kanu.

We seemed to be in control but the Hammers did have a little spell as the game moved into the final 15 minutes to remind us the game was not won and a heart in mouth moment came about when James came racing out but we escaped.

Richard Hughes came on for Mendes for the final 10 minutes and despite some West Ham pressure late on we managed to see it through to pick up another away win.

Match Summary
It was a decent game, when we stepped it up that little more in the 2nd half we looked in control for the most part of it. It was a good professional performance with plenty of players putting in a good shift.

The win takes us past our points total for last season and puts us back to within 4 points of Everton, so who says 5th place is out of reach…


West Ham 0
Pompey 1 - Niko Kranjcar 61

David James
Glen Johnson
Sylvain Distin
Sol Campbell
Hermann Hreidarsson
Papa Bouba Diop
Pedro Mendes (Richard Hughes 82)
Sulley Muntari
Arnold Mvuemba
Dave Nugent (Kanu 73)
Niko Kranjcar

Substitutes Not Used
Asmir Begovic
Sean Davis

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Date:Tuesday April 8 2008
Time: 9:55PM


Well done Pompey! Good result for you.
Fan of Blues
08/04/2008 21:59:00
What a nice way to end the day. And with Everton still having to play Arsenal and Man U, 5th spot is a real possibility
08/04/2008 22:04:00
08/04/2008 22:13:00
Bubble burstin' Pompey. Luv it.
08/04/2008 22:46:00
Just finished playing myself, great result, I spent more time trying to find out the Pompey score from the stand than I did playing!
08/04/2008 22:49:00
when we wanted too we played some superb football. mendes backheel volley to set up nugent was breathtaking, and some of our 1 touch football was unstopable.
08/04/2008 22:54:00
Hi ya folks ... A quick post from a very busy and knackered Chix... Can't believe we did the double over West Ham again it's becoming a (good) habit .. to be honest I would have settled for a draw but as UKTony says if you look at Evertons fixtures we can catch them no matter what Harry says.... Points wise we have now bettered last season haven't we...oh and Totenham can't catch us and mathematically we can not finish in the bottom half of the table as the lowest we can end up is 10th.. what a season eh.. better than last year already ... and we've still got 5 to go in the league and a litttle matter of another appearance at Wembley.. dragon slaying I think somebdy called it !
09/04/2008 00:27:00
nice work, like allways, NIKO
09/04/2008 07:00:00
Morning Chix; I hate to correct a man of your esteemed knowledge but I don't think we actually did the double over the 'Ammers this year
09/04/2008 07:59:00
yep you are right, had benji not missed trhe injury time penalty at fratton we would have done the double...
good win and good performance, lets hunt those toffees down before slaying some dragons in may!
09/04/2008 09:36:00
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