Goal hopes for Fulham duo
Roy Hodgson believes that Bobby Zamora's partnership with Andrew Johnson will start to pay off soon.
By Claire Hughes
Last Updated: 28/11/08 1:46pm
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson has defended out-of-form striker Bobby Zamora and says he believes his partnership with Andrew Johnson will start to pay off soon.
The pair were brought in to end Fulham's infamous lack of goals from last season but while Johnson has contributed four goals so far this term, Zamora has managed just the one from 13 starts.
But Hodgson refuses to get overly concerned about the situation, believing it will sort itself out in time.
"Bobby has played very well the last couple of games and we hope he will continue in that vein," he said.
"But obviously we are anxious for him to score goals. He himself is anxious to score goals because he doesn't see himself as anything other than a good centre-forward.
"He knows that good centre-forwards do lots of things but often the one thing they're judged on is the number of goals they score.
"He and Andy took a little while to find their feet which isn't so surprising because both came to us after very lengthy lay-off spells.
"They'd played very little football with their previous clubs and had very little pre-season training so perhaps the fact they didn't hit the ground running in September is not surprising.
"Their partnership will blossom and as it blossoms we hope it will lead to more goals for them and more goals for the rest of the team."
The comparative lack of goals - the pair have five between them compared to seven from the rest of the squad - is probably one of the main reasons why Fulham have struggled on the road this season, so going to Aston Villa on Saturday will be a big test.
"We haven't been trounced away from home even in our defeats," Hodgson added.
"While you remain solid the chance of getting three points gets closer but turning draws into three points is all about goals scored.
"And away from home to get victory you probably need more than one goal on most occasions. So that's going to be the crucial factor - if we can score."