Bobby Goes Back

Bobby Zamora goes back to his roots on Saturday when he will be lending his vocal support to West Ham's cause against Fulham in the FA cup.

As is well documented, Bobby is a Hammer, and, being ineligible to play against Fulham, will be cheering on the boys from the sidelines.

He will be in good company, of course, with several other players ineligible - though perhaps he will be in the stands with the lucky 3,000 who got tickets?

"I am not too sure about the situation regarding where we are going to be but I will be supporting the boys, don't worry about that!" he grins.

"It is a little bit disappointing for myself and quite a few lads not to be able to play but I am quite sure the lads that go out on Saturday and put their shirt on will give their all - and hopefully give Fulham a run for their money."

Bobby certainly did just that to Bradford last weekend, coming on at half time to open his account on his debut, and he says:

"I was delighted to get on - and even more so to score."

And that manic celebration?

"I wanted to let the fans know that I am a proper West Ham fan and wanted them to do well," he says.

"It was really special and I didn't think the fans could be that loud.

"They were tremendous and I am sure they will be with us for the rest of the season."

Of the performance, he adds:

"They worked so hard on Saturday and did tremendously well because it was such a battle.

"Obviously the gaffer changed one or two things in the second half and we came out with all guns blazing to get the three points.

"The lads have been tremendous, they really have, and I have really settled in.

"There are a lot of good young players who have all got the same sort of banter so it is easy.

"There is also experience with the likes of Christian Dailly, Steve Lomas and Rob Lee with a lot of years and knowledge behind them.

"But, saying that, Mickey Carrick has been about a good few years now and played at the top level so he is another young player with vast experience already."