'The people have been fantastic'

Matt Jarvis has thanked the people of New Zealand for their support of West Ham United's Football United Tour of the country.

The winger was claiming his second pre-season goal in Saturday's 3-1 defeat by A-League side Sydney FC at Westpac Stadium in Wellington - although the strike was officially recorded as an own-goal from Nikola Petkovic.

Sydney raced into a two-goal lead early on through Corey Gameiro and Alex Brosque before Jarvis' intervention, only for Gameiro to add a controversial third late on following a clear handball by midfielder Terry Antonis.

Jarvis admitted the Hammers had been disappointed to lose both games in front of thousands of supporters from all over the world, but insisted West Ham would put things right come the start of the new Barclays Premier League season.

"It's been great to come over here," said the No7, who was one of the Club's standout performers in New Zealand. "The people have been fantastic and we've met loads and loads of fans. It's been a great experience.

"We need to keep working hard and take the fitness we have built in these two games and build confidence to go into our next week of pre-season training and our next game.

"We don't need to beat ourselves up that much because it is pre-season. We need to work extremely hard in our games and start to know exactly what we'll be doing tactically for the rest of the season.

"We need to make sure we keep improving, getting stronger and fitter and that we are right bang at it come the start of the season."

Speaking specifically about the Sydney FC defeat, Jarvis lamented West Ham's inability to turn chances created and possession into goals - the same issues that led to Wednesday's 2-1 defeat by Wellington Phoenix in Auckland.

"I thought we started the game well again in the opening minutes but then fell behind to an early goal, which was very disappointing," said Jarvis, who provided the assist for Mauro Zarate's midweek strike at Eden Park.

"We had a lot of the ball, but unfortunately couldn't get the ball in the back of the net as the first half went on.

"I'm enjoying it personally. I just need to keep working hard and getting fitter, stronger and sharper. I'm pleased with how it's gone as I've got two assists and two goals now."