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Zamora aims to stop Fulham boo-boys

last updated Saturday 01st August 2009, 1:09 PM
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Fulham striker Bobby Zamora insists he will win over his critics this season with a salvo of goals.

The striker snubbed a £5m move to Hull last week preferring to fight for his Fulham place, even though boss Roy Hodgson is in the market for a front man.

Zamora scored just two league goals in 35 appearances last season and was the target of the Craven Cottage boo-boys after switching from West Ham.

But he showed firepower in Fulham’s 3-0 Europa League romp against FK Vetra on Thursday, scoring the opener and setting up the other two against the Lithuanian minnows.

Zamora, 28, said: “It’s nice to prove anybody wrong who doubts me.

“This season I’m hoping to do that. Last year I came in for a bit of stick for no reason, really.

“I suppose the criticism does get to you but at the end of the day it’s a team game.

“I may not have scored the goals last year but I contributed a lot in terms of the build-up play. I think I had the most assists for us last season – only the goals were missing.

“It is another goal for myself – to score some goals personally and for the team and to silence a few people as well.

“But the people who count, my team-mates, know exactly what I and Andy Johnson do for the team.”

Zamora said he and strike partner Johnson were putting in extra shifts to sharpen their finishing skills.

He added: “After training we make sure we do a bit of shooting. Five or 10 minutes after every session just in front of goal, just hitting the target and making the keeper work.

“It will do us well in the course of the season, doing that bit of shooting because when you get that half chance you have got to put it in the back of the net.

“There is a good understanding between us both.

“Last year was a learning curve for us as a partnership.”

Source Steve Lillis at Daily Star
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