Jol forgives Zamora after Toffees punish late miss

FULHAM (1) vs EVERTON (3)

FULHAM manager Martin Jol last night refused to blame Bobby Zamora for missing a glaring open goal after the Cottagers paid a hefty price for the striker’s late blunder.

With the score at 1-1 in the 89th minute, Zamora rounded Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard – yet astonished the crowd by chipping the ball over the unguarded goal.

Everton went straight down the other end and took the lead through Louis Saha, and Fulham’s misery was compounded when Jack Rodwell hammered a third in injury time.

“There’s nothing you can say to Bobby – he’s sick and we’re all sick,” Jol said. “They play together and they lost together. We should have won this game and we didn’t.”

The visitors had taken the lead in the third minute of the game, with a curling 30-yard drive from summer signing Royston Drenthe.

Fulham drew level midway through the second half, substitute Bryan Ruiz netting with an audacious chip from 12 yards. Yet his effort failed to pay off for Fulham, whose defeat leaves them fourth from bottom in the Premier League.