Bobby Zamora was delighted with Fulham’s late comeback against Arsenal yesterday – even if he admitted that he didn’t strike the winning goal as cleanly he wanted.
The England striker’s fourth league goal of the season settled a riveting London derby as he drove home from the edge box following a poor clearance from Sebastien Squillaci. Zamora, making his first league start in a month, offered Fulham far more physicality and threat up front on his return to the side – and appeared to rubbish rumours linking him with a January move away from Craven Cottage afterwards.
The 30 year-old, who was embraced by a beaming Martin Jol after the final whistle, did admit that he hadn’t caught his injury-time shot as he would have liked.
I didn’t hit it as cleanly as I wanted. But that happens sometimes and it goes in the bottom corner – but I’m pleased to score and I’m really pleased with the win.
We all thought that in the last 20 minutes of the first-half we’d gone on the front foot and put them under a bit of pressure. In the second-half we went out and carried on the way we ended the first-half and the result was fair I think. We thought there was a point there for us at least.
Zamora feels that Fulham’s stirring fightback against the Gunners was just reward after Jol’s side had dropped points from winning positions by conceding so many late goals in recent months, including at Norwich on New Year’s Eve.
It’s unlike us really. Over the past few years we haven’t really conceded any late goals – that’s been a real strong point for us. We’ve slipped up a little bit this season with that but it was our turn to score a late goal.
We probably could have picked up more points at home, we feel we probably should have got something from the Everton and Spurs games. That happens and we’re looking to continue 2012 in good form.