Newbie scores first goal but West Ham lose to New Zealand outfit

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Mauro Zarate bagged a late consolation as a poor West Ham side were defeated by Wellington Phoenix.

West Ham have made some exciting moves in the transfer market this summer - as they look to play a different style under Sam Allardyce next campaign.

The arrivals of Cheikhou Kouyate, Aaron Cresswell, Diego Poyet and Enner Valencia have many fans excited - while their ambition even stretched toward an approach for Yevhen Konoplyanka.

Another player who arrived at the club this summer was former Birmingham City cult hero Mauro Zarate. The Argentine striker arrived from Velez Sarsfield in a three-year deal this summer, for an undisclosed fee.

Zarate, who once cost Lazio a whopping €20 million to sign from Al Sadd, is expected to be one of their stars next season - and today he opened his account for the club, as they took on New Zealand based A-League side Wellington Phoenix.

It was however not all great news for the club, as they followed up their disappointing draws against Stevenage and Ipswich Town with a poor 2-1 defeat against the Phoenix.

Goals from Andrew Durante and former Sunderland youngster Alex Rodriguez Gorrin early on proved enough to win the game for the Kiwi side and leave West Ham still scrambling for their first victory of pre-season. The worst part is things are not getting any easier - with Sydney FC, Schalke 04, Malaga and Sampdoria all set to pose a far sterner test for the out-of-sorts Hammers.

Can Zarate fire West Ham to glory next season?

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