x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Defoe pays the penalty

Craig Bellamy shows why Spurs are desperate to sign him with a superb double for West Ham as Jermain Defoe missed a penalty.

Craig Bellamy celebrates his second, and West Ham's fourth, at Fratton Park.
Craig Bellamy celebrates his second, and West Ham's fourth, at Fratton Park.

PORTSMOUTH // Craig Bellamy showed why Spurs are desperate to sign him with a superb double for West Ham as Jermain Defoe missed a penalty against his old club. Defoe had the chance to put Pompey ahead, at 2-1, on the stroke of half-time but fired wide and it proved the turning point in the match. Portsmouth left-back Nadir Belhadj started and finished a fine sweeping move, on eight minutes for his side's opener.

His cross-field pass found Glen Little, who launched a high cross to Peter Crouch at the far post. The striker deftly plucked the ball from the air and pulled back to Belhadj, who slammed home. Jack Collison equalised for West Ham on 20 minutes. Carlton Cole crossed low to the midfielder, whose first-time shot went through the legs of Sylvain Distin and beyond an unsighted David James. The game changed when Portsmouth were awarded a penalty just before the break when Lucas Neill fouled Crouch, but the spot-kick from Defoe, who has not scored in six games, went wide of Robert Green's right post.

It was West Ham's day from then on. When Collison's shot came back off the post in the 67th minute, Cole tapped home the rebound. Three minutes later, Bellamy was put through on the counter attack, and although James got a hand on the ball, the striker rounded him, composed himself and rifled home. Bellamy added gloss to the scoreline with his second goal late on, providing a neat finish to Luis Boa Morte's low cross in the 83rd minute to seal what was only the second win in 13 league games for West Ham.

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