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Fulham 2 Wolves 1: Bobby Zamora hit was not a bad tackle despite leg break, insists Karl Henry
Published : 13 Sep 2010 11:05:21
Karl Henry insists he did not intend to injure Fulham striker Bobby Zamora, whose right leg was broken in a tackle by the Wolves midfielder. Zamora, who also has ligament damage, will be out for as long as five to six months despite a successful operation. His right leg crumpled upon hitting the ground in Fulham's 2-1 win but no foul was awarded by referee Phil Dowd. Agony: Zamora is in obvious pain as a remorseful Henry tries to console him Match-winner: Moussa Dembele (centre) celebrates his second strike Over to Moussa Is new signing Moussa Dembelethe man to score Fulham's goalsthis season? Mark Hughes hopes so, with Bobby Zamora AND fellow striker AndrewJohnson out. What does Dembele, who prefersmidfield, think? 'Wherever the manager plays me I will do my best. I can play in that role though it's not my favourite.' What's his scoring record like? Well, he managed 10 goals when AZAlkmaar won the Dutch League in 2009and 24 in 118 appearances in fouryears at the club. What did he cost? Fulham pipped Birmingham City to pay £5million for a player who has 28 Belgium caps. Hughes first spotted Dembele playing inHolland a few years ago when he waschecking on another player. What did Hughes like about him? 'He understands when he can drive the game and other times when he has to drop off and make a new position. He's an intelligent footballer.' And his strengths? Quick, strong, useful on the wing or in a more central position and possessing a sweet left foot, as Wolves found out twice on Saturday. Henry said: 'I know Bobby, we havethe same agent and we were away together with the EnglandUnder 21s. I would never go out to hurt anyone, let alone him. 'Ijust tried to win the ball and I could see he was in agony straightaway and I called over the physio. I felt it was a fair tackle and Itried to win the ball. I am sorry that I have done any damage to himbecause that is the last thing I would have wanted.' Television pictures showed Fulhamforward Clint Dempsey pointing the finger of blame at Henry and the27-year-old said other Fulham players were targeted throughout thematch. Henry said: 'It was disappointing. I was having a go at him (Dempsey) and he was having a go at me. 'I don't want to hear from another professional that I have gone out to "do" somebody. That wasn't the case. 'It was disappointing that a few of them were trying to have a go at me. I think they were fine with it until they realised how badly he was hurt, which was a load of rubbish because I didn't try to do anything deliberately. I would never try to do anything deliberately to hurt anybody.' Wolves went ahead early on through Jelle van Damme, only to be beaten by two second-half goals from Moussa Dembele, the winner coming after 89 minutes. Mick McCarthy's men were shown seven yellow cards - just as on August 28 in their 1-1 draw against Newcastle - and saw Christophe Berra sent off for a second bookable offence. Fulham fans at Craven Cottage shouted that the visitors were a 'disgrace' to the Premier League and Henry is wary his side's burgeoning reputation could count against them. 'We felt maybe our cards were marked,' he said. 'We were getting booked for things and getting fouls for things we didn't think were fouls. Maybe we have to look at that and learn from it. 'I think it is because we are a smaller club. We don't spend the money that Fulham and the top clubs spend and we have to go at it a different way. We have to close these teams down. At no stage does the manager say go and kick lumps out of anybody and I don't think you have seen that today. 'Unfortunately, the thing with Bobby Zamora that has happened has made this situation worse. But it was a clearly good tackle and I am sure more will be made out of it than needs to be.' Fulham striker Bobby Zamora out for four months after breaking his legZamora boost for Fulham as striker extends stay with new four-year dealWolves captain Henry loves putting his foot in... are you reading Barton?