West Ham vs Pompey - What the Papers Say
Most of the newspapers saw yesterday's win over Portsmouth as an entertaining affair but most believe West Ham were lucky to win. The sending off is seen as the turning point in most of the papers. Most of the papers were also impressed with Henri Lansbury's debut.
The Star say,
"This was an even game until Liam Lawrence saw red for a reckless challenge on David Bentley.
The People say,
"It was a disjointed display and only the dismissal of Portsmouth captain Liam Lawrence and a brainless penalty area hand-ball by Justin Pearce ensured all three points."
The Mirror were impressed by West Ham's loanee midfielder,
"Lansbury celebrated his debut by claiming one of the goals that gave the Hammers their first victory of the Championship campaign at Upton Park.
He also supplied plenty of midfield creativity as the east Londoners capitalised on the dismissal of Pompey’s outstanding Liam Lawrence in the 67th minute."
The Express were also impressed with Lansbury,
"Lansbury stepped into Scott Parker’s boots with a man-of-the-match display for the Hammers."