Zamora takes Fulham past woeful West Brom

Fulham 2 West Brom 0

Bobby Zamora finally ended his long barren streak as Fulham condemned the top-flight's bottom side to a hopelessly one-sided 2-0 defeat.

Zamora had played more than 29 hours of Premier League football since his last goal but tapped home the opener from point-blank range before strike partner Andy Johnson added his ninth of the season to seal a well-earned victory.



The home side struck the woodwork four times with Clint Dempsey, Brede Hangeland and Danny Murphy, twice, the men to miss out, while Roman Bednar missed an injury-time penalty for the visitors.



Johnson showed an early willingness to run at the opposition, tempting Zuiverloon into a trip 25 yards from goal after four minutes.



Captain Murphy struck the free-kick brilliantly, curling his shot towards the near corner only for Scott Carson to tip the ball onto the post at full stretch.



Zamora was alert to the rebound but Abdoulaye Meite won the race to clear.



Fulham's dominance continued as Johnson collected a wonderful pass from Davies and sprinted towards goal.



He appealed for a penalty after tumbling under pressure from Leon Barnett but there did not appear to be any significant contact.



The hosts' confidence continued to grow and in the 19th minute Dickson Etuhu stung Carson's palms with a sweetly struck first-time volley from the edge of the area.



The visitors were holding on for dear life at times but were helped in the 23rd minute when Dempsey scooped his shot high and wide after good work from Johnson and Zamora.



The American was merely finding his range, though, and moments later took advantage of some reticent defending to arrow a swerving effort goalwards from nearly 25 yards.



Carson was comfortably beaten in the air but for a second time the woodwork came to West Brom's rescue.



Luck remained with the midlands side, Murphy striking the woodwork for a third time in the 33rd minute.



Johnson and Zamora carved the chance and Murphy's measured effort once again left Carson sprawling, only for the ball to clip the crossbar and bounce out.



The danger was not over for West Brom, though, with Murphy's chipped through ball causing a mix-up between Barnett and Carson.



With the goalkeeper set to collect, Barnett dived to head clear but only succeeded in steering the ball towards the line.



Carson scrambled back to paw the ball wide but Tony Mowbray's side looked shell-shocked and Zamora volleyed over from another fine chance moments later.



West Brom started the second period as they had ended the first, fumbling for possession and firmly on the back foot.



Mowbray threw on Northern Ireland winger Chris Brunt after 50 minutes in an attempt to make something happen and his first contribution, a free-kick from the right, handed Marc Antoine-Fortune a decent headed chance.



His second touch, just three minutes after coming on, was even better.



The former Sheffield Wednesday man broke down the flank and sent in a vicious left-footed cross which again found Fortune.



The striker was just six yards out but opted to take a touch and could not bring the ball down in time to get his shot away.



Carson was back in action soon enough, pulling off a smart reflex save after the ball ricocheted off Barnett from close range.



With an hour gone Zamora finally broke the deadlock from a yard.



Etuhu sent the ball in from the right, Johnson glanced the lightest of headers to the far post and his partner touched home for only his second goal of the season.



After a 21-game barren streak, the relief was tangible and he almost scored a second when he lashed just over two minutes later.



Robert Koren and Borja Valero both went close from distance as the Baggies tried to hit back.



Normal service was soon resumed, though, with Fulham striking the frame of the goal for a fourth time.



This time the unlucky man was defender Hangeland, whose header was kept out by a combination of Carson and the bar.



But with 71 minutes gone the Cottagers had a richly deserved second, the newly-confident Zamora taking a long ball on the chest before drilling powerfully towards the top corner.



The ball rebounded off Carson and into the path of Johnson, who took a touch before slotting into the vacant net.



Mark Schwarzer then capped things off when he saved Bednar's stoppage-time penalty, awarded for a trip on the striker by Hangeland.

News
people
Arts and Entertainment
'New Tricks' star Dennis Waterman is departing from the show after he completes filming on two more episodes
tvOnly remaining original cast-member to leave long-running series
Sport
Esteban Cambiasso makes it 3-3
premier league
Sport
Mario Balotelli celebrates his first Liverpool goal
premier leagueLiverpool striker expressed his opinion about the 5-3 thriller with Leicester - then this happened
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Sport
The Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City
premier leaguePlus updates from Everton vs Palace
News
people'I hated him during those times'
News
Britain's shadow chancellor Ed Balls (L) challenges reporter Rob Merrick for the ball during the Labour Party versus the media soccer match,
peopleReporter left bleeding after tackle from shadow Chancellor in annual political football match
Arts and Entertainment
Female fans want more explicit male sex in Game of Thrones, George R R Martin says
tvSpoiler warning: Star of George RR Martin's hit series says viewers have 'not seen the last' of him/her
News
i100
News
Dame Vivienne Westwood has been raging pretty much all of her life
peopleFirst memoir extracts show she 'felt pressured' into going out with the Sex Pistols manager
Arts and Entertainment
Lauryn Hill performing at the O2 Brixton Academy last night
musicSinger was more than 90 minutes late
Sport
Lewis Hamilton in action during the Singapore Grand Prix
Formula OneNico Rosberg retires after 14 laps
News
i100
News
Rumer was diagnosed with bipolarity, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder: 'I was convinced it was a misdiagnosis'
peopleHer debut album caused her post-traumatic stress - how will she cope as she releases her third record?
Arts and Entertainment
tvReview: 'Time Heist' sees a darker side to Peter Capaldi's Doctor
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam