Wednesday, January 27

Pompey crimes

Portsmouth 1 West Ham 1

Just as we're discussing the good fortune of the Olympic Stadium being on the Silverlink, DC's hurling a barrage of expletives at his laptop.

We're having dinner with DC and Mrs DC, and his laptop's subtly placed on a kitchen unit. DC is simply watching the scores change on the home page rather than be tortured by updates from Caroline Cheese. It quite ruins our courgette and pesto bake with New Zealand Marlborough wine.

"It's a terrible disaster... We need a coordinated rescue plan," says Mrs DC, only it seems she's talking about Haiti to Her Indoors and not the Irons.

It's a point at least. I feared worse against a team with n money and several players in Africa. Just the sort of game we'd lose.

The Sky Sports News highlights show Nouble had an influential game early on, forcing a good save from Begovic, who then saves Diamanti's follow-up. Frank then plays a one-two with Collison who brings an even better save from the Pompey keeper.

We go ahead when Diamanti's cross pings off a Pompey' defender's head on to Upson's chest and into the net.

Carlton Cole comes on with 15 minutes left which is great news for the rst of the season. But then we concede the equaliser. Tomkins is fouled in the build-up, as Webber sneaks round the back of Upson to slide the ball home.

To take the positives we've got away points in two successive away fixtures and Franco says "we played a good game" as he always does. Although surely we should have won on chances. Sullivan, in the crowd wearing a coat that's a bizarre mix of Sgt Pepper and Politburo, now knows the scale of the task ahead.

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