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Ex-West Ham forward Wellington Paulista ends two-month goal drought

Formerly of West Ham, Wellington Paulista is breathing a sigh of relief in Brazil.

There was quite a bit of excitement among Hammers when Sam Allardyce signed Wellington Paulista on loan back in January.

The Brazilian striker arrived from Cruzeiro where he had an impressive record of 28 goals in 40 matches.

Sadly West Ham fans never got to see what he was about, with Allardyce bizarrely reluctant to hand him a single opportunity - despite him scoring five goals in 10 games for the under-21s.

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He moved back to Brazil when his deal expired, signing with top flight side Criciuma.

There was an instant impact, with Wellington scoring three goals in his opening four games. And then it trailed off.

His last goal came back on July 27 in a 3-2 loss to Vasco da Gama.

Until this week.

Wellington ended a 10-game goal drought, spanning two-and-a-half months, not to mention a further seven matches he was dropped for.

He scored the opener in a 2-1 win at Gremio, who boasted former Manchester City attacker Elano and Bayern Munich's Ze Roberto.

A mighty relief as you can imagine for the 29-year-old, who expressed as much after the game.

He said: "I was longing to celebrate a goal. I thought I would not know how to celebrate. But now the ball has gone back in, and we beat a very strong opponent even playing away from home.

"I hope that this goal is also the beginning of a new phase. I want to make more goals to help further Criciuma  out of the bottom four and get rid of the relegation zone."

There will be few fans of his near-exploits with West Ham who do not wish him good luck. 

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