The Independent’s Dave Hadfield accurately describes the Bobby Zamora puzzle thus:

Not for the first time, he led the Fulham attack with energy and enterprise at Wigan on Saturday, but could not find the goal that would have got the critics off his back.


That makes it just one goal in 22 Premier League appearances this season, 21 of them in the starting line-up. Damning statistics on the face of it, but his manager, Roy Hodgson, knows that they do not tell the full story.

Hodgson himself is quoted offering what I believe – on the basis of much better perormance last weekend than the one one before.

Last week Bobby had a bad time and it was good seeing him today back doing what we need. His combination with Andy Johnson was very good and caused them lots of problems. Bobby had a poor game against Portsmouth, but today I thought he played very, very well.

I’d go as far as saying he was our standout performer at Wigan. It goes without saying that he could do with a goal, but some of the criticism heaped upon him goes way over the top.