West Ham kept their first clean sheet in 25 matches but it was scant consolation for manager Gianfranco Zola whose team were jeered off after a goalless draw Portsmouth at Upton Park.
Although the Hammers dominated the bulk of the second half and Craig Bellamy hit the crossbar with a terrific free-kick they were lucky to survive some magic moments from their former striker Jermain Defoe who hooked an early half-chance over and forced three fine saves from goalkeeper Robert Green.
Pompey's cause was handicapped when they lost midfield dynamo Lassana Diarra through injury after less than 20 minutes having started without the injured Sol Campbell and Niko Kranjcar, but the result was surely much better received by their new boss Tony Adams who scored his first away win at Sunderland last week.
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