Zamora left in limbo after Jol refuses to confirm he'll be back for Europe
Swansea 2 Fulham 0
Monday 12 December 2011
Martin Jol has cast further uncertainty over the future of Bobby Zamora by refusing to confirm the England striker's return to the Fulham squad for Wednesday's Europa League tie against Odense BK.
Zamora, who has been linked with a move away from Craven Cottage in the January transfer window, with Aston Villa, Sunderland and Queen's Park Rangers reportedly interested, was omitted from the 19-man party that travelled to Swansea.
Yet when Jol was asked directly if star forward Zamora, who made his full England international debut against Sweden last month, would make a comeback against the Danish outfit, Jol responded: "I feel that we made a decision for Andy Johnson. I made the decision on Thursday and left Bobby at home.
"Andy Johnson has not been in the team for weeks, maybe a month. He was doing terrifically in training, he worked hard, and every time he played he did well and scored, in the Europa League as well. He did well against QPR with his hat-trick and this was the time to let him play."
Swansea's 2-0 win over the visiting Londoners could prove to be pivotal in the Welsh club's effort to avoid relegation. Scott Sinclair's deflected effort put the home side ahead but Fulham were thrown a lifeline in the 87th minute when referee Jonathan Moss pointed to the spot after the Swansea full-back Jazz Richards was adjudged to have upended Karim Frei. Clint Dempsey stepped up from 12 yards but Swansea keeper Michel Vorm saved the spot-kick, allowing the Liberty Stadium to breathe a huge sigh of relief – and then celebrate when Danny Graham sealed the win with a second goal in stoppage time.
Scorers: Swansea City Sinclair 56, Graham 90.
Substitutes: Swansea Agustien 6 (Moore, 69), Grahamm (Lita, 76), Dyer (Routledge, 89). Fulham
Frei (Dembele, 77), Sa (Davies, 79).
Booked: Swansea Vorm. Fulham Senderos.
Man of the match Vorm.
Match rating 7/10.
Possession: Swansea 56% Fulham 44%.
Attempts on target: Swansea 8 Fulham 7.
Referee J Moss (West Yorkshire).
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