Bobby Zamora scored twice as Fulham beat Blackpool 3-0 today to move six points clear of the relegation positions in English soccer’s Premier League.
The 30-year-old, making his first start since breaking a leg in September, netted after 23 and 28 minutes at Craven Cottage to secure Fulham’s seventh home league win of the season. Dickson Etuhu also scored.
Blackpool has now lost eight of its last 11 matches and stands one point above the three-team relegation positions. West Ham, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Wigan are in the bottom three.
Manchester City hosts Sunderland in today’s other game, targeting a win to climb one spot into third.
Fulham climbs three positions to 10th after its victory, ahead of Stoke and Sunderland because of a superior goal difference.
Zamora, after three substitute appearances, came into the starting lineup today alongside Moussa Dembele in attack.
Both were involved in a move after 16 minutes that almost led to an opening goal for Fulham, Ghana goalkeeper Richard Kingson forced to tip a Damien Duff shot onto a post.
Kingson denied Chris Baird soon after, but Zamora put the Cottagers ahead after 23 minutes. The England striker intercepted a back-pass from James Beattie and ran toward goal before firing into the net.
Five minutes later, he headed past Kingson from a Danny Murphy free kick.
Etuhu scored from close range in the 72nd minute.
Yesterday, first-place Manchester United rallied to defeat West Ham 4-2, Newcastle beat Wolves 4-1, Chelsea tied 1-1 at Stoke, and Arsenal was held to a scoreless draw by Blackburn.
There were also no goals in the match between Wigan and Tottenham, Birmingham beat Bolton 2-1, Everton tied 2-2 against Aston Villa, and West Bromwich Albion won 2-1 against Liverpool.
United leads the standings by seven points from Arsenal, which has played one game fewer.