Roy Hodgson’s happy with Bobby Zamora’s continuing contribution to Fulham’s success but has set his striker a target of reaching 20 goals for the season, something Zamora hasn’t managed since he was banging them in for Brighton & Hove Albion.
Zamora kept the chatter about a possible England call-up alive with the winner against Swindon in the FA Cup yesterday – his eleventh of the season was a well-taken goal – but Hodgson wants more from the former West Ham striker.
Eleven is good for Bobby and if we can get him onto 20 goals this year then that will be fantastic. The way that he is going at the moment, he’s well on target for that.
He was angry for not scoring the first chance which he set up for himself early on. The goal was a very fine strike and throughout the game I thought he did well.
His confidence must have been a little bit low in front of goal (last season), but he has never hidden. The number of games he played even when the goals weren’t going in or when he held the ball a bit too long, trying to find the right pass, he has never hidden.
You have to have a lot of confidence in your own ability that when things aren’t really going your way and people aren’t singing your praises to keep launching yourself at the ball, to keep on demanding it, to keep going up for those challenges with the centre-backs and he’s always done that.