Pompey claim point at Hammers

West Ham United flirted with occasional danger, but escaped with a point after holding Portsmouth to a goalless draw at Upton Park.

With England coach Fabio Capello in attendance Hammers manager Gianfranco Zola named a three-man frontline consisting of Carlton Cole, back following suspension, Freddie Sears and Craig Bellamy.

Tony Adams, who celebrated his first win since taking over from Harry Redknapp in the Pompey hot-seat last week, had to make do without injured duo Sol Campbell and Niko Kranjcar.

Portsmouth almost took a 15th-minute lead when right-back Glenn Johnson laid the ball on to Jermain Defoe, who shot high and wide with goalkeeper Robert Green bearing down on him.

Johnson was proving troublesome for the hosts' defence and on 27 minutes, he charged in from the right to shoot from the edge of the box, only for Green to have it covered.

The London side were fortunate not to go behind ten minutes later, when a Defoe shot was deflected off Herita Ilunga's leg with the ball edging the wrong side of the post.

Zola replaced Sears with Matthew Etherington at the start of the second half as Portsmouth went in search of the goal their positive attacking deserved, and Green was forced to produce two quick-fire saves to deny Defoe.

Bellamy hit the crossbar with a looping free-kick from the edge of the box after the hour mark to give the Hammers hope of ending a six match winless run.

That effort apart, the home side rarely threatened to leave Adams without his first clean sheet since assuming control.