Martin Jol believes Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson can fire Fulham to success this season after the pair combined to great effect in tonight’s 4-0 over Crusaders.
The Johnson-Zamora axis looked to be ready to frighten teams across the Continent at this time during Fulham’s previous European campaign, only for Johnson to be cynically taken out by an Amkar Perm defender in the play-off round of the Europa League. The former England forward has only just got back to full sharpness after a succession of injuries interrupted his campaign last term and Jol has been impressed with the way the pair have resumed their partnership.
Even if you have got a tough defence you know you can score goals. Last year Bobby was of course injured and Andy was the same, he only had 16 starts. So we had some trouble with injuries and luckily enough we had [Clint] Dempsey and he was our top scorer.
I feel there is a lot more goals in Andy Johnson. Every game when I see him he is quick and he can score goals. I think he has scored three goals already and that is what you want, not the two goals last year.
He was not satisfied and that was probably because of his injuries and now hopefully we can keep them fit. If you saw Bobby in the first half, if he is in the flow he is a very good target.
Jol was satisfied with his side’s overall performance.
You always want to play perfect football and of course the first half we started well. The first half an hour I thought was good. Good movement, movement and everybody was involved.
After that there were a few sloppy spells and that is not what you want. But the second half was okay and of course we had to substitute a few players because we have 17 or 18 players who want to be involved.
Overall, if you saw the goals, for example, the first goal had many touches and the second goal was thanks to a Philippe Senderos pass. Then there was one from Damien Duff so each goal was scored totally differently. And the goal Bobby scored was probably the best one of the evening.