Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Portsmouth 1 West Ham 1 - Not Much To Write Home About That Haircut Apart!
Stalemate in the first half and not much to report: two excellent chances, both spawned thanks to some inexperience and some excellent keeping. Nouble really should have buried his chance. To be fair, he kept his shot down, Cole of two seasons ago would have blasted it over, but he hit it the wrong side of the keeper and far too close to him. Diamanti's follow up was well saved. Did Faubert put in the original pass? It was superb!
For the second, both Collison and Nouble did excellently until the shot, which Collison tried to bend rather than blast and which was at a comfortable saving height and again too close to the keeper: a good effort but Lampard would have tucked it away at Jack's age.
At the back, Tomkins and Spector did well first 45 (except when Tomkins played Chuckle Brothers with Faubert - to you, to me - and nearly let in Boetang). Upson, however, was poor. Three times he gave away possession carelessly inside our final third.
Second half was close to a carbon copy except each side bagged a goal. Ours was incredibly scrappy, with Upson putting it in with his dick. The Webber goal should arguably have been struck off for a foul on Tomkins, who was obviously injured; but did he jump into Prince Boeteng's arm? The referee was right on the spot so I am inclined to think he called it right, and the ball went straight to Webber who scored, so there was no time to put the ball out for Tomkins to receive treatment. Some will squeal "We was cheated" but I don't think so.
Kovac and Noble both screened the back four superbly and Behrami was up and down the pitch all night, displaying fantastic energy. However, I have always queried his creative contributions and again they were negligible. We still lack penetration and width, which is why we didn't win.
Nouble missed another good chance second half and Behrami missed two half chances but there was nothing else to get excited about going forward was there? Both Nouble and Cole were horribly isolated for most of the game.
Was this a point won or two points lost? I would have taken one before kick off to be honest when I saw that Parker was missing and Cole was only on the bench.
And back to the Green debate...one easy save and five errors: when he came to the edge of his box to collect a long punt and didn't get there; a flap at a cross which only pushed the ball to the edge of the box with Kovac's arm blocking the follow up shot; two slices into touch when under no pressure from a Pompey player; and a terrible roll out which put Noble under pressure and led to us losing the ball in the final third. Would he have done better not to charge out for the goal? Difficult call.
Anything else worthy of note? Da Costa's ludicrous haircut. He isn't good enough to draw attention to himself with a stupid haircut, just like Jimenez before him. Zola should tell them to cut it out, they are making themselves and the club a laughing stock.
Ratings: Green 5; Faubert 7, Tomkins 7, Upson 6, Spector 6; Noble 7, Behrami 7, Kovac 6, Collison 6, Diamanti 6; Nouble 6 Subs: Cole 6, Da Costa 1 (disgraceful haircut!)
Posted by Hammersfan at 21:42