Paulista on target for Hammers as new boy makes first appearance
19:36 GMT, 28 January 2013
19:37 GMT, 28 January 2013
Hard worker: Wellington Paulista scored for the Development Squad
Wellington Paulista scored his first goal in a West Ham shirt as the club's Development Squad beat Arsenal 2-0 at London Colney.
The 29-year-old Brazilian, who scored 28 in 40 appearances last year at Cruzeiro, signed on a six-month loan deal and worked hard up front.
His header opened the scoring before Matthias Fanimo grabbed the second as Nick Haycock's youngsters helped the site start their U21 Premier League Elite Group Stage campaign with a bang.
Haycock was pleased with Paulista's efforts and praised him after the game for his work rate and determination.
'He's a good lad first and foremost. I've picked that up in training,' said Haycock.
'He wants to do extra, he wants to work, he wants to get fit, he's hungry. I thought he showed that in his performance today.
'You sometimes get players who are used to playing at a higher level in their own minds, and they come down to this level and don't put the performance in, but I couldn't question Wellington.'
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Paulista is confident he will be able to make a strong impact at Upton Park and will not succumb to any pressures.
He said: 'The pressure will not be a problem for me because I am used to it from my time in Brazil, where the fans were really addicted to the club.
'The manager also put pressure on the players too, so it will be the same playing here.
'What I am interested in is the passion of the supporters for their team, the way they keep going with the club and the way they make the players perform better.'
He continued: 'I am strong, I am a fighter and I can score with both feet. I run a lot on the pitch and I can play as either a first or second striker.
'I think I can do my best here and I am coming to England to prove to everyone that I am one of the best strikers in Brazil and to get better and better.'