Fulham were playing like a team that had lost their last five games. Low on confidence, they were guilty of giving the ball away cheaply though they did create the best chance of the game just after the half hour.
Premier League basement boys Pompey started the better of the two teams and carved out an early chance, when Frederic Piquionne forced a good save out of Cottagers goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.
The huddle looked like it had the desired effect as the visitors had the first shot in anger after four minutes, as Kevin Prince Boateng's half-volley stung Mark Schwarzer's palms at the near post. Five minutes later Jamie O’Hara slid a neat ball through the middle which Frederic Piquionne ran on to but, completely unmarked, his shot was saved by Schwarzer.
Jonathan Greening’s second-half strike gave Fulham victory over struggling Portsmouth at Craven Cottage. The Irishman advanced and fizzed over a low cross for Greening to slide in his first goal for the club to end a run of seven league games without a win.
The victory brought Fulham moved up one position to rank 10th in the Premier League standings with number 30 results from 24 matches. In contrast to Pompey, these results take cocktail Avram Grant the team was becoming immersed as caretaker.
Fulham: Mark Schwarzer; Brede Hangeland, Aaron Hughes, Nicky Shorey, Stephen Kelly (Kagisho Evidence Dikgaco '55), Chris Baird, Danny Murphy, Jonathan Greening, Damien Duff, Stefano Okaka Chūka (Erik Nevland '70), Bobby Zamora (David Elm '78).
Portsmouth: David James; Marc Wilson, Tal Ben-Haim, Angelos Basinas (Abeyie Quincy Owusu-'82), Nadir Belhadj, Steve Finnan, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Jamie O'Hara, Hassan Yebda, Aruna Dindane, Frederic Piquionne (Danny Webber '62).