Roy Hodgson has urged the Fulham boo-boys to stop undermining misfiring striker Bobby Zamora and give him the support neccessary to help prompt a change in the number nine’s fortunes.

Zamora endured a frustrating afternoon during Fulham’s victory over Portsmouth on Saturday and some fans cheered his departure midway through the second half. But Hodgson has asked the Fulham faithful to get behind the former West Ham striker, who has only scored two goals since his summer move to Craven Cottage.

The fans are very harsh on players sometimes. Of course we believe there’s more to come from him and Andy Johnson, but we believe they’ve done a very good job together.

It’s just a question of whether you’re prepared to see the team as a team or if you just want to judge an individual on the amount of goals he’s scored. On that basis Zamora hasn’t done very well. “If scoring goals is the only criteria then maybe I would run the risk of making myself look a little foolish.

He is, of course, right. You can’t measure Bobby’s contribution sorely in terms of the (lack of) goals he’s scored – and a bit more support from some of our fickle fanbase could help him rediscover his poise in front of goal.