Chelsea were the 1-0 victors at a rain swept Fratton Park, against a Portsmouth team undefeated under Paul Hart.
Our first real chance came in the 15th minute, when Ashley Cole drove the ball across low and hard from near the byline, the ball went past James but the sliding Drogba also couldn’t connect.
In the 21st minute a similar ball was fizzed across by Malouda, with James intercepting but spilling it, but it was a Pompey shirt first to react and clear the danger.
Sean Davies registered Pompey’s only first half shot on target in the 28th minute, forced a good low save from Petr Cech.
Lamps had three of five first half shots our first half, with the best of them coming on the 34th minute, a strong left footed shot from just outside the box was spilled by James, but Glen Johnson being first to react and clear the ball.
On the stroke of half time Michael Ballack nearly registered his first league goal of the season, with his header judged to have hit the top of the woodwork, replays at the time suggested that David James may have got his fingertips to it.
Our last chance of the half came in stoppage time, when a thundering Alex free-kick was turned around the post by James, but the whistle was blown before the corner could be taken.
In a slow starting second half it was David Nugent who had Pompey’s best chance, a high ball was flicked by Crouch, missed by John Terry and Nugent ran through on goal, but the advancing Petr Cech saved the shot
Belletti came on for Mikel, with Portsmouth rarely looking to attack, and always putting extra men behind the ball, it made sense to bring on our attacking holding midfielder as opposed to leaving on our defensive one.
Quaresma came on for Kalou on the hour mark and with 12 minutes to go made his impact, it was his cross that Campbell made a hash of, before Drogba’s first time low hard shot found the empty corner of the net.
The rest of the game was fairly non-eventful, with any Portsmouth free kick or corner failing to materialise from anything, Johnson highlighted how slippery the floor was, by accidentally slipping over, and the ref adjudged there to have been a free-kick, which Drogba headed away.
So yet again Guus wins by a solitary goal, which is enough to keep us second on goal difference, and now four points behind Man United, although having played two games more. I don’t think I’m alone in cheering on Newcastle tonight!