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Redknapp: Fulham fans should praise Zamora

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has urged Fulham fans to appreciate Bobby Zamora's time at Craven Cottage when the Rangers striker returns to his former club on Monday night.

• Blog: Looking to Fulham

Zamora, 32, spent four years at Fulham before moving to Loftus Road in January 2012, with a number of important goals helping the Londoners reach the 2010 Europa League final.

Perhaps his most famous goal for Fulham came in the Europa League round of 16 that same year as Zamora sparked his side's comeback to secure a 5-4 aggregate win over Juventus.

Redknapp believes Fulham fans should applaud Zamora rather than jeer him when QPR travel to Craven Cottage.

"I don't know why you should get stick when you go back to a club where you have done so fantastically well," Redknapp said. "Why do you abuse someone when they have given you good service and been a good player?

"I went to watch them play Juventus that night. That was one of the best footballing nights I have ever been to. Fulham went 1-0 down and they were something like 4-1 down on aggregate and Bobby ripped them to pieces.

"What a night of football, I loved every minute of it. Years ago people would go back to their old club and they would get a lovely ovation. Dear oh Lord, what has happened?"

Zamora has only scored one goal for QPR since September, but Redknapp is confident the striker's return to full fitness will aid his side's hopes of survival.

"He is important to us. He holds the ball up, he knows what he is doing and he knows how to play. Going back to Fulham will be interesting for him," Redknapp added.

QPR are seven points away from safety and will be hoping to make up ground with positive results in the next two matches against Fulham and Wigan.

"Back-to-back wins for us could put us right back in the picture again," Redknapp said. "Everyone has written us off but we are still right in there in my opinion. I am confident. When I am not confident I will be struggling to come into work in the morning."

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