Vaz Te taking second chance with Hammers

West Ham’s Wembley matchwinner Ricardo Vaz Te is determined to make the most of his second chance.

The Portuguese winger was on the football scrapheap two years ago after being released by Bolton following three injury-hit seasons.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce plucked him up for £500,000 in January and Vaz Te’s dramatic late play-off final winner sank Blackpool 2-1 and earned West Ham the estimated £90m for promotion to the Premier League.

“I feel I have been blessed with a second chance in my career and I’m cherishing it,” said Vaz Te.

Carlton Cole fired them ahead in the first half and Thomas Ince, son of former Hammer Paul, dragged Blackpool level just after the interval. But Vaz Te struck with three minutes left to ensure West Ham bounced back from last season’s relegation at the first attempt.


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