Hodgson sets Zamora target

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Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has set striker Bobby Zamora a 20-goal target this season.

Fulham boss challenges striker to reach 20 goals

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has challenged striker Bobby Zamora to reach the 20-goal mark this season and fire his side to Europa League glory. Zamora notched his 14th of the campaign with the decisive strike in Fulham's 2-1 first leg win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the round of 32 clash on Thursday night and Hodgson is backing the 29-year-old to reach his target. "We're talking about a forward who has scored 14 goals in 31 starts," said Hodgson. "It's an excellent strike rate. I hope he can get over the 20-goal mark to crown his season." The former Tottenham forward came close to leaving Craven Cottage in the summer, but opted to stay and fight for his place in the starting XI. Zamora has responded with an impressive goal haul which has increased his outside chances of an England call-up that was unthinkable at the start of the season.

Contribution

Hodgson praised Zamora's contribution against Uefa Cup holders Donetsk and was pleased to have secured a narrow advantage ahead of the second leg at the Donbass Arena next week. "It was a wonder strike from Bobby. He's got two feet - I don't know which is his best and neither does he," added the Cottagers boss. "Apart from his typically accomplished performance as a target man setting things up and working hard, his strike was of real quality. "It was a very exciting cup tie played in the right spirit and was very competitive. Both teams tried to pass the ball. "I'm pleased to have taken such an important scalp. It's a big game for Fulham and we've come an awful long way. "We've done it and are very proud of it. There's an awful lot left in this tie because we saw how skilful they are, but we still have a chance to make a name for ourselves. "This was a very good victory - probably our best in Europe."

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