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West Ham Utd 0 Portsmouth 1

Filed: Tuesday, 8th April 2008
By: Staff Writer

A second half strike from Nico Kranjcar was enough to earn all three points for the visitors on a drab night at The Boleyn Ground.

Kranjcar's 61st strike from the edge of the box was all that seperated the teams on a night definitely not made for the football purist.

With both teams left with little to play for in the league this season tonight's game had promised little; in the end it went one further and delivered even less.

Efforts for United proved to be few and far between although none went closer than Bobby Zamora who missed an open goal on 17 minutes having got behind David James.

Nobby Solano's curling free-kick was a whisper wide and Freddie Sears was unlucky to run the ball out after rounding David James but bar those brief moments of enterprise the Irons provided a woeful return to all those who had braved the elements.

Meanwhile Portsmouth were industrious throughout and whilst not pretty at times, were certainly productive - even if David James was doing his best to keep the 'Calamity' tag alive with a couple of bizarre errors that were only too familiar to those of a claret and blue persuasion watching from the stands.

As the game wore on Alan Curbishley, apparently freed from his defensive-minded shackles in recent weeks threw caution to the wind by throwing three up front - including the fit again teenage terror Freddie Sears - in an effort to get something out of the game late on.

However the somewhat bizarre decision to use Dean Ashton as the main central striker - whilst the club's best target man, sub Carlton Cole played wide left - failed to pay dividends and the visitors kept the Hammers at bay to see the game out.

United, with five games left to play, remain in tenth place in the Premier League - four points clear of Tottenham who drew another point closer at the weekend.

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by Huch
11:41PM 8th Apr 2008
''When does somebody admit that Curbishley just is not up to the job and should go now - before we descend into the same position as we finished last season?''

by Mr Gee
09:10PM 8th Apr 2008
''Curbs has got to go. No heart or desire. Please, please, please get someone in who can get us playing football and give us some pride...''

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