Hodgson backing for Zamora
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson insists he still has faith in striker Bobby Zamora.
Last Updated: 06/02/09 6:34pm
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson insists he still has faith in striker Bobby Zamora, but confesses the form of Erik Nevland is making team selection a difficult process.
Zamora has not scored in the Premier League in five months and has only netted in all competitions on two occasions this season.
Hodgson, though, maintains he does not need to put his £4.8million summer signing from West Ham under additional pressure because the player is well aware he needs to deliver.
"You don't need to put pressure on Bobby Zamora because he puts pressure on himself," Hodgson said, ahead of this weekend's trip to Wigan.
"He's really sad that he hasn't shown what a player he is to his own satisfaction. He sets very high goals, he's analytical and sensitive about his game.
"He's disappointed that he hasn't shown what he can do.
"We still believe in him. With the four strikers and Clint Dempsey up our sleeve as an emergency, they'll do the job of keeping us in the Premier League."
However, Hodgson admits that the form of Nevland, who scored twice to sink Portsmouth last weekend after replacing Zamora from the bench, is giving him a selection headache.
"I'm certain that the situation is the same for many coaches," added Hodgson. "They have a player that they think is the man to do the job and there is a substitute not just knocking on the door but trying to kick it down.
"When do you say it's someone else's chance? When do you say I want to give you another couple of chances? There is no simple answer."