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West Ham left Fratton with all 3 points yesterday, the match was up in controversy however after referee Kevin Friend angered the home crowd with a series of decisions against us.

The penalty was dubious to say the least, Winston Reid backed up and backed and inevitably fell to the floor, the ref couldn't wait to give it after waving away an earlier shout.

Reid was also involved in the red card that ended the match as a contest, there was little he could do about the foul that Norris committed on him, but even he seemed stunned when the ref flashed the red card before either player was on his feet, the foul was late, yes, malicious, no. It was one footed and poorly timed at best.

West Ham started the stronger of the two sides, Henderson in goal had little to do, a few pot shots were off target and his goal never threatened, all until the generous penalty of course which Noble smashed home with Henderson almost keeping it out.

This led to Pompey upping their game somewhat, Rob Green was suddenly in action and he certainly kept his side in it, Lawrence looked to have found the corner with an angled drive, Green getting down superbly to steer it away, then Pearce connected with a corner that was brilliantly clawed out of the top corner.

Half-time came and Pompey would probably feel aggreived to be behind, for a team in second I felt West Ham offered little and didn't look anything like promotion contenders.

The second half was not even warm when the ref decided to get card happy, he had already booked Kitson and Pearce by now for innocuous fouls, so any tackle with any bite to it was going to be clamped down on.

That was it for Pompey really, West Ham predictably dominated possesion from then on in, Nolan missed a good chance but again Henderson was never threatened in goal, Pompey almost forced a late equaliser as well, Benjani on as a late sub nodded back for Futacs to blast over the bar.

One highlight was another local lad making his debut, Adam Webster let no-one down with his contribution.

Star Player

Jason Pearce again shone in defence when Mokoena limped out and Halford succuumbed to illness.

Date:Sunday January 15 2012
Time: 3:59PM

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The ref certainly has Pompey history, in his last four matches for us he has red carded 4 and given 4 penalties against us, the one against QPR was completely wrong and the one against Reading last year was a foul outside the area, can be rally to stop any more of his incompetence?
15/01/2012 16:03:00
Another matter, why does Lawrence have to take every free-kick? Has he ever scored one?
15/01/2012 16:07:00
The one positive we can take is that although we still wait for this interminable takeover to be completed and hopefully give Appleton something extra in the squad to work with, no-one from the top half of the table has played us off the park at FP this season. We have always been in with a shout and this bodes well for the future. Yesterday's game was a dead rubber as soon as that clown's name appeared as match official.
15/01/2012 16:25:00
Let Futacs take the free kicks
15/01/2012 20:26:00
completely agree Paul surely there must be some way we can get this clown to stop taking our games, he clearly has a grudge against us for some reason, maybe he's a scummer or maybe he's just an incompetent fool
15/01/2012 22:08:00
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