Pompey down after Hammers victory
The south-coast club went into administration in February and the
subsequent nine-point deduction crushed their hopes of survival.
Any lingering survival dream definitively ended today when West
Ham’s win over Sunderland left Portsmouth 17 points from safety
with only 15 to play for. Ilan’s goal gave West Ham a 1-0 victory
at Upton Park, and nudged them four points clear of the relegation
zone. Portsmouth have lurched from crisis to crisis this season but
still have the chance to finish their campaign on a high by
reaching a Wembley final. Administrators have held talks with
several parties in an attempt to find the club new owners, and a
new chief executive was appointed this week, with David Lampitt
joining from the Football Association. On the pitch, Portsmouth
have managed just six wins this season, and they will return to the
Championship next season after seven years in the top tier.