Belfast Telegraph

Jol ready for life after Zamora

Martin Jol believes Fulham are well prepared for life without Bobby Zamora despite struggling in front of goal against West Brom.

The 31-year-old striker left for west London rivals QPR, leaving the home side bereft of attacking ideas as they were held to a 1-1 draw.

"You would have to ask Bobby [why he left] but for us it was the best we could do," Jol said. "It was a decent offer and we decided to accept it. This was around for months. He wanted that move."

He added: "Of course you want to keep your players on board, especially in this transfer window. But, on the other hand, we had to make a decision and this is not something that has happened over the last couple of days.

"I think the timing was probably ideal because Bobby left and we could get Pavel [Pogrebnyak] in.

"Last year there was a different scenario as I wanted Andre-Pierre Gignac in and he didn't come. Now we had a candidate for Bobby and he came."

With Pogrebnyak not registered in time and both Andrew Johnson and Mousa Dembele injured, Clint Dempsey started in attack.

Albion counterpart Roy Hodgson struck a relieved figure after securing a point at his former stomping ground.

"I was really quite pleased with the performance if you take away the last five or six minutes, where I thought we did our best to let them back into the game," Hodgson said.

"For a large period I thought we were fully in control, to be quite frank."


From Belfast Telegraph