Well it was close - far too close - but we won at home for the first time in 6 months and the hope has to be that we will now feel more at home the next time we run out at the Boleyn. Critics will rightly say that to ship three goals at home to Portsmouth is unsatisfactory, especially when we had a one man advantage for a chunk of the game, but a win is a win and we are developing a rather nice habit of scoring 4 goals in a game! If we keep doing that, we will win a lot more games than we lose or draw!
I haven't seen the game or the goals as yet but the defence has to be a worry. OK one of the Pompey goals was a penalty and another was apparently a bit flukey, but the reports I have read suggest that Green came to our rescue a few times. We all know Noble isn't a holding midfielder so perhaps he remains a weak link in the team, even though he netted his penalty.
One player who is certainly proving his critics wrong is Carlton Cole, who scored yet again. His confidence must be sky high at the moment and, just as importantly, opposing defenders will be terrified of the prospect of coming up against him. The team selection was conservative given all the new faces, with only Lansbury getting a start. Not sure what Collison will make of that if he was fit. He acquitted himself well for Wales against England on Tuesday but he isn't good enough to start for West Ham, even after the defection of Parker. He might be knocking on Doctor Evil's door on Monday!
A win is a win and we are sitting pretty in fourth spot in the table, with Leicester 5 points adrift of us. But problems remain to be sorted!