Wednesday 23 July 2014

West Ham get Wellington Wake Up Call!

The Hammers first match of their tour of New Zealand ended with an unexpected 2-1 defeat to Wellington Phoenix in Auckland this morning. The Hammers were slow out of the blocks and conceded a simple goal from a Wellington corner after 12 minutes as Andrew Durante ghosted in at the near post to thump home a header. Thereafter, there was much huffing and puffing by East London's finest but they were again punished for a defensive lapse as James Ginge Collins fumbled with the ball and Alex Rodriguez slammed home a stunning strike past the hapless Jussi Jaaskelainen to make it 2-0 at the break!

The Hammers fought back in the second half, and were rewarded with a sleek strike by new signing Mauro Zarate in the 70th minute but Wellington held out for a historic 2-1 victory.

On the positive side, there was more game time for Kouyte and Cresswell and Diego Poyet was impressive as a substitute for the final 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, Andy Carroll has flown home to receive treatment for his latest injury with all manner of speculation as to the nature of the problem and how it might affect his availability for the season's opener against Tottenham in a few weeks.

Next up it's Sydney FC at Wellington's West Pac stadium on Saturday where Big Sam will be looking for a bigger and more disciplined performance from his men.


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