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Kamara hoping for Roma chance

last updated Tuesday 20th October 2009, 8:42 PM
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Diomansy Kamara believes his return to Fulham's side in time for Thursday's Europa League clash with Roma is a "good omen".

The Senegal striker took advantage of Andrew Johnson's absence with a shoulder injury to fire the second in last night's 2-0 win over Hull.

Victory marked the club's 130th anniversary match in triumphant fashion and also generated some momentum for their showdown with Roma at Craven Cottage.

Fulham top Group E of the Europa League and would take a significant step towards qualifying for the final 32 should they topple Francesco Totti's side.

Kamara is ready to spearhead their assault on the Italian giants after finding them a happy hunting ground during a three-and-a-half year spell at Modena.

"I know Roma as I played against them when I was with Modena in Italy," he said.

"I scored against them as well, so I hope I play again and score too.

"I scored against them both in the Olympic stadium and when Modena were at home.

"I know Roma and they are a really good team. This is a good omen for us.

"Roma, Basle and Sofia have all lost in the group so far.

"Only we haven't lost, so maybe if we win this game we go through to the next round of the competition."

With Johnson doubtful to face Roma, Kamara looks set to continue his fledgling strike partnership with Bobby Zamora.

Zamora fired the opener against Hull, the club he almost joined during the summer, and set up Kamara in a man of the match display.

It was the first time the pair had played together but Kamara, who rejected approaches from Bordeaux and Paris St Germain during the summer, insists they clicked immediately.

"Bobby was great," said the 28-year-old, who has two years left on his Fulham contract and will consider his position at the end of the season.

"He scored and gave me a great assist. He's really hard to play against as he's very strong. I love playing alongside him."

Fulham's third Premier League victory of the season lifted them to 12th in the table, completing a better start to the season than last term in which they finished seventh.

"We've played some good football but remember so far we've faced Arsenal, Chelsea and Aston Villa and that is never easy in the first eight games," he said.

"Twelfth in the table is all right for Fulham. If you finish in that position at the end of the season it's okay.

"It won't be easy to finish seventh again when you see the money teams like Tottenham, Aston Villa and Man City have spent."

Source Duncan Bech at PA Sport
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