Classy Zarate brings Hammers hope


SFull time Wellington Phoenix 2 West Ham 1

Classy Mauro Zarate produced a fabulous goal and a performance of huge promises as the Hammers sunk shock 2-1 defeat to Wellington Phoenix.

The Argentinian smashed home a great  strike after a brilliant shimmy and was “everywhere” when he appeared as a second half substitute.

He went close again when from a quick ball in his cushioned volley flew just wide but in a generally less than average Irons performance, Zarate looked different class.

The Hammers had looked quite awful in the first half when they went two down from goals by DURANTE and GORRIN. It could have been worse later but a shot from Nathan Burns swirled and dipped just wide.

Carlton Cole had an early chance but saw his 14 yard deflected shot saved well.

After a slow start to then second half, the Hammers perked up with Zarate’s arrival on the hour.

His brilliant shot started a wave of pressure and Downing saw a 22 yard shot held at the second attempt by the keeper.

Diego Poyet had also come on and looked a calm figure at the back before having a go himself with a shot that was well save.

Winston Reid saw a glancing header fly wide before another Downing effort was very well saved.

But with rumours flying that Andy Carroll may be on the flight home this has been an inauspicious tour so far for the Hammers.

And Sam Allardyce will  be looking for quick and real improvement when the team face Sydney FC on Saturday.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • firefigterx says:

    Hi Watched the tour game… I know people will say just a friendly BUT! in that 1st halfe we were absolutely awful …we didn’t seem to have a clue..
    Only Zarate in the 2nd halfe offered some spark of hope. Having already bought my ticket for the Spurs game I’m WORRIED well get slaughtered on that showing.. ANY one disagree
    or see anything to offer any hope for the season to come?? COUI show some spirit

  • BeanHammered says:

    I totally agree Firefigtex, Wellington are one of the weakest teams in the A-League, on that performance tonight my moneys on Sidney for saturday. Sam will be out of a job along with nolan, noble and Cole, these guys are just to slow for the EPL if we want to finish in top half of the table. What a shocker!!!

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