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.