Classic match

West Ham United 4-3 Portsmouth
10 September 2011

A first home win in six months made sure West Ham United continued their positive start following relegation to the Championship.

Sam Allardyce's team recovered from an early Luke Varney goal with strikes of their own from Matt Taylor and Henri Lansbury - his first for the Hammers following his loan switch from Arsenal - before David Norris equalised and Liam Lawrence was sent-off for the visitors. 

Carlton Cole and a Mark Noble penalty made it 4-2 before ten-man Pompey grabbed a last-minute consolation when Greg Halford despatched his spot-kick after Noble was adjudged to have fouled former Hammer Tal Ben-Haim.

It was a vital home win for the Hammers, who recovered from the disappointment of missing out on automatic promotion to seal a return to the top flight via the Play-Offs in May 2012.

Complete record

1921 West Ham United 3-0 Port Vale (Division Two)
1923 Arsenal 4-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1927 West Ham United 4-2 Portsmouth (Division One)
1928 Cardiff City 3-2 West Ham United (Division One)
1932 Port Vale 4-0 West Ham United (Division Two)
1938 Bury 1-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1949 Sheffield United 0-0 West Ham United (Division Two)
1953 Swansea Town 1-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1955 Leeds United 3-3 West Ham United (Division Two)
1960 Chelsea 3-2 West Ham United (Division One)
1966 Stoke City 1-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1973 West Ham United 2-3 Queens Park Rangers (Division One)
1977 West Ham United 2-2 Queens Park Rangers (Division One)
1983 West Ham United 5-2 Coventry City (Division One)
1988 Wimbledon 0-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1994 Liverpool 0-0 West Ham United (Premier League)
2006 West Ham United 1-1 Aston Vila (Premier League)
2011 West Ham United 4-3 Portsmouth (Championship)

Played 18, Won 5, Drawn 8, Lost 5, Scored 33, Conceded 33.