BOBBY Zamora used to be a favourite of Ian Holloway’s when he managed him at Bristol Rovers.
But yesterday, Holloway was sick of the sight of him.
Zamora started a game for the first time since breaking his leg in September and proved he has lost none of his ability by scoring twice in Fulham’s 3-0 victory.
What made the frontman’s performance more impressive is that, according to his manager Mark Hughes, Zamora had been struggling with illness in the build-up to the game.
Unfortunately, for Pool he recovered in time to take his place in the starting line-up.
Hughes said: “Bobby had been under the weather. He just had a head cold and had not been sleeping particularly well.
“He just wasn’t quite as lively during the week as he normally is. Normally you hear Bobby before you see him, so he was a little bit quiet but I thought this was the perfect game for him.
“I thought he got over the last hurdle in his head after the injury and I couldn’t have hoped for a better impact from him.
“Straight from the off he showed the qualities we have lacked in many games this season. It was a perfect day for him.”
It was Fulham’s fifth home win in six matches and Hughes believes such form is an indication of the spirit within the Cottagers’ squad.
The victory has propelled Fulham into the top half of the table, which Hughes said reinforced his view that the Londoners are a top-ten side.
“We’ve never wavered from that view and now we’re in that position,” he added.
“We’re three points from seventh and it’s possible that for the rest of the season we can really establish ourselves in that top half.
“That’s what we anticipated we would do this season but we lost key personnel, Bobby being the main one.
“But we’ve been really strong and accomplished in the second half of the season, which I knew we would be.”