Jol not focusing on Zamora

Fulham boss keen to improve away form

Martin Jol: Hoping the presence of Bobby Zamora and Mark Hughes will not prove a distraction

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Fulham boss Martin Jol wants to focus on beating West London rivals QPR rather than facing Bobby Zamora and Mark Hughes for the first time.

The Cottagers have not lost to their neighbours since 1983 and thrashed the Hoops 6-0 back in October.

But Zamora scored in that Craven Cottage encounter and has now switched allegiance to QPR, under the stewardship of former Fulham manager Hughes.

The presence of the former favourites could become a sideshow but Jol is keen to concentrate on picking up three points.

"In the first game against QPR you felt the sort of feeling that this was new," said the Dutchman.

"It was a derby game and I feel if you look at the reactions after the game from our fans, it is a big game now and in the future.

"In the past I think it was a good derby game but it is now probably a bigger derby game than Chelsea.


"We have a lot of supporters going there, we focus on that and we will focus on our away form because that is not great. Hopefully we can change that.

"If you look at the form positively, you can say we didn't lose six out of the 12 away games but it is not the best away form.

"Hopefully we can change that and make it a structural thing on winning away."

Asked whether he would prefer the travelling supporters to focus on Fulham rather than Zamora and Hughes, Jol added: "Of course.

"I mean Bobby deserves praise because he played for us and was a very good servant for the club.

"Hopefully the QPR fans will think the same of him in a few years. I always want to focus our fans on our team."


And for Fulham fans that means focusing on Zamora's replacement, Pavel Pogrebnyak, who joined from Stuttgart until the end of the season on deadline day.

The 28-year-old Russia international scored on his debut against Stoke and while Jol is hoping Pogrebnyak can make a similar impact to Zamora, the Fulham boss acknowledges they are different players.

"They are both number nines and of course Bobby did a good job for us and hopefully Pavel can do that same," added Jol.

"He scored on his first game after 16 minutes and hopefully he will continue to do that.

"Bobby is a different player, more of a link-up player, while Pavel wants to be in the box and on the end of crosses.

"Keeping him beyond the end of the season is something for us to think about over the next couple of months.

"Hopefully he will stay as he is and score a few goals for us. There is no option on both sides so we will have to wait and see."