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Hodgson hails on-form Zamora
20 Oct 2009 - 07:29:11
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson hailed the all-round performance of striker Bobby Zamora after he bagged a rare goal during Monday's 2-0 victory over Hull City.
The goal-shy frontman, who came close to join the Tigers during the summer transfer window, opened the scoring for the Cottagers just before half-time and then set up strike partner Diomansy Kamara for the second of the night.
Zamora was in superb form as Fulham climbed up to 12th in the table after securing a well-deserved three points.
"It was nice to see Bobby score a goal. His all-round play was good as usual and he made yet another goal tonight," said Hodgson.
"We allowed Bobby to talk to Hull but at the same time I made it clear to him that we felt we could still get a lot from him.
"His partnership with Andy Johnson was very important in us finishing seventh last year.
"More goals are what Bobby wants, but I want results. I'd take it if we were to win every game 1-0 without Zamora scoring once.
"But tonight he scored one, made one and forced three or four good saves. If he carries on like that he'll score goals.
"With him it's not just about scoring, he's also an important target and feature of our attacking play. I'm glad he stayed."
Meanwhile, Hodgson has revealed that fellow frontman Johnson who missed the Hull match will also sit out Thursday's Europa League clash with AS Roma.
"Andy came back earlier from the injury that he sustained against Amkar Perm in August than perhaps he should have done," he added.
"He's probably been carrying something in the shoulder that has caused a slight problem in his groin on the other side.
"We were confident on Wednesday last week he'd be fit to play. He's not far away but he's not 100 per cent."