Saturday, March 18, 2006

West Ham 2 Portsmouth 4

West Ham started with Walker, Katan, Dailly and Clarke. Mullins didn't even make it to the bench.

West Ham were over-run in midfield from the start. On the 18th minute Matthew Taylor crossed for LuaLua who scored from the centre of the penalty area from 6 yards. Davies scored the second seven minutes later, again from 6 yards out, from a cross by Brian Priske.

It took West Ham half an hour to get going. On 32 minutes Reo-Coker managed to get a shot on target from a corner, only for Taylor to clear on the line. A few minutes later, from 25 yrds, Sheringham bent a free kick round the wall but just wide of the post. A minute later Teddy managed another shot, which was saved by Kiely.

However, with West Ham beginning to create chances, on 43 minutes Portsmouth broke forward and Mendes scored Portsmouth's third.

For the second half Clive Clarke was replaced by Yossi Benayoun and Yaniv Katan was replaced by Marlon Harewood.

On 68 minutes Teddy Sheringham got a goal back after a Konscheshy shot from 20 yards cannoned back off the post and Sheringham shot home from 12 yards. However things only got worse from there. On 75 minutes Ferdinand was injured and replaced and then Todorov scored for Portsmouth after 77 minutes. In injury time Benayoun got a second for West Ham.

Conceding four goals in consecutive league games and Ferdinand injured, luckily we have an easy away game at Man City in the cup three days away.

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