West Ham made hard work of their latest Europa League game, needing a 90th minute goal to give them a 1-0 win over Maltese side Birkirkara.
James Tomkins scored the winner, for an experimental Hammers side which included a recall for striker Modibo Maiga.
The Frenchman struggled to make an impact, as did in fairness the rest of the attack, but Mauro Zarate was judged to be the best of a bad bunch, voted man of the match by fans.
The attacker sent a message thanking supporters via Twitter, and promised a second leg victory.
Thanks to all the West Ham fans to choose me man of the match! It wasn'ta great result,But we've won which is important.We'll win away too!— Mauro Zarate (@mau_zeta) July 16, 2015
Teammate Matt Jarvis also played all 90 minutes and also expressed similar sentiments on the result.
Glad we got the win in the end! A hard fought game but a well deserved lead! #COYI— Matt Jarvis (@MrMattJarvis) July 16, 2015
New signing Pedro Obiang was rested, but got a little carried away, describing the slender win via his Instagram page: "A victory with the taste of glory."
There was little for fans to really shout about during the win, and it even seemed false to celebrate the late winner after such a drab performance against the unfancied Maltese side who had given it their all.
The leggy performance can be excused due to it being early season, but if West Ham are to progress in the competition they will have to begin hitting the back of the net more freely.