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Fulham fight back to victory

last updated Monday 22nd February 2010, 3:21 PM
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John Ley at Daily Telegraph

Fulham 2 Birmingham 1

Fabio Capello visited Craven Cottage to witness at first-hand the goalscoring talents of Bobby Zamora but had left before the Fulham striker claimed a dramatic win with a spectacular last-minute free-kick.

Zamora has now scored 15 goals, his best return in top-flight football, and there is a growing campaign to persuade Capello to give him an opportunity ahead of the World Cup.

Roy Hodgson, the Fulham manager, described Zamora as a "true target-playing centre-forward", and insisted that, even if Capello missed the goal, he would have seen enough to have been impressed.

"I've got every faith in Fabio's judgment and if he believes Bobby can do a job for him, I am sure he'll take him," Hodgson said.

Alex McLeish, the Birmingham manager, has suffered seven away defeats this season and so he ordered his defence, in particular, Scott Dann, to marshal Zamora.

For long spells it worked and they were buoyed by a fortunate early lead.

An innocuous cross from Lee Bowyer was headed into his own net by Chris Baird with just two minutes and 11 seconds played.

Fulham responded by dominating and got the goal they deserved when Damien Duff fed Zoltan Gera, collected the return pass then hit a left-foot drive in off the left post.

Mark Schwarzer pushed a James McFadden shot on to the crossbar before, in the final minute, Stephen Carr blocked Gera's run a yard outside the area, from where Zamora claimed his winner.
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