Hodgson puts faith in strikers

Johnson and Zamora backed to come good

Johnson: Unlucky not to score

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Fulham manager Roy Hodgson is convinced summer signings Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora can become a productive pairing.

Zamora has scored just once since his arrival from West Ham United, while Johnson is still to open his account since his club record move from Everton.

The strikers drew another blank in Sunday's 1-1 draw at Portsmouth, but are set to start again in Wednesday's game at home to Wigan Athletic.

Hodgson believes Zamora and Johnson are working well in tandem and feels it is only a matter of time before the goals start to flow.

Intelligent players

"Against Portsmouth on Sunday we saw evidence of good movement between the two of them," said Hodgson.

"Andy was unlucky to have his goal ruled out for offside. Had that gone in and we'd won the game, we'd be talking very differently.

"They're intelligent players who are aware of the movement that we expect from them.

"Everything has to be spot on with attacking - if the ball doesn't go in the net or force a good save from the keeper, then good moves pass unnoticed.

"They've only played three games together and we must remember we're only eight games into the season with a lot of new players at the club.

"I'm duty bound to plead for patience on their behalf. Certainly, I'm happy with the way they're working.

"I remain convinced we have two players who will provide us with a threat for the future in the same way Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe have gelled for Portsmouth."