Belfast Telegraph

Zamora injury takes gloss off win

Mousa Dembele pounced in injury time to give Fulham a 2-1 victory in a bruising contest that saw England striker Bobby Zamora carried off on a stretcher.

The impressive Dembele, a £5million summer arrival from AZ Alkmaar, struck his first Barclays Premier League goal with a fine equaliser in the 49th minute before finishing the job in the final throes of the match.

Jelle van Damme gave Wolves an early lead when he tucked home Kevin Doyle's cross, the first act of a first-half battle for Fulham capped by the departure of Zamora with what appeared to be a serious ankle injury.

Van Damme gave Wolves, who were berated by the home fans throughout for their physical approach, an early lead when he tucked home Kevin Doyle's cross.

It was the first act of a traumatising first half for Fulham capped by the departure of Zamora with an ankle injury that will rule him out for at least four months.

Zamora was brought down by a hard challenge from Karl Henry and although the Wolves skipper won the ball, his victim's right ankle was trapped in the tackle and his leg buckled awkwardly. The 29-year-old thumped the turf in agony and was given oxygen before being carried off the pitch three minutes later.

Fired up by the injustice of losing Zamora, Fulham began the second half with gusto and were rewarded with a 49th-minute equaliser.

Stephen Kelly produced a cross that Zoltan Gera failed to control but the ball squirted out to Dembele and the new signing dispatched his shot into the bottom-left corner.

Goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann brought down Davies and Fulham could rightly feel aggrieved not to win a penalty as the American got nowhere near the ball.

Berra was sent off after 90 minutes and Fulham seized the chance to deliver the fatal blow. The free-kick fell to Dembele, who stepped up and smashed the ball into the bottom right corner to complete his side's comeback.


From Belfast Telegraph