Bobby Zamora announced his return to action with a brace as Fulham dispatched relegation-threatened Blackpool by a score of 3-0 at Craven Cottage. Blackpool's spectacularly inept defence wilted under the threat provided by Fulham's front line, which was much improved thanks to Zamora receiving his first start since he suffered a broken leg against Wolverhampton in September.
Ian Holloway will be displeased with the manner in which his team conceded their first goal - Zamora was sent clean through in the 23rd minute after a misplaced pass from Blackpool striker James Beattie, and the sometimes England man made no mistake as he powered a right footed shot past Richard Kingson. Five minutes later, and Zamora had his brace, heading home a fine delivery from Damien Duff after the Irish winger had been fouled by Stephen Crainey.
Aside from one dangerous moment following a dreadful error by goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, Fulham never looked likely to give up their two-goal cushion and instead added to it in the second half thanks to a Dickinson Etuhu tap-in following excellent work from Brede Hangeland. American Clint Dempsey also hit the post for the Cottagers as they threatened to turn their emphatic victory into a rout, but instead the hosts settled for three goals, three points, and a spot in the top half of the table. Meanwhile, Blackpool remain in 17th place.