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Bellamy can give the cutting edge

PUBLISHED: 17:16 23 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:43 05 October 2010

By JONATHAN CLEGG GIANFRANCO ZOLA has backed striker Craig Bellamy to help his shot-shy West Ham side overcome their goal drought against Arsenal on Sunday. The Hammers slumped to a second straight Premier League defeat at Hull City last weekend as Zola

By JONATHAN CLEGG

GIANFRANCO ZOLA has backed striker Craig Bellamy to help his shot-shy West Ham side overcome their goal drought against Arsenal on Sunday.

The Hammers slumped to a second straight Premier League defeat at Hull City last weekend as Zola's misfiring forwards wasted a host of opportunities at the KC Stadium.

The Italian has promised to bring free-flowing, attacking football to Upton Park but his team have now scored just three goals in their past four games.

The Hammers boss admitted that his side must become more clinical if they are to end their barren run.

He said: "I'm disappointed that we didn't finish the chances that we created.

"Probably right now, that is the missing part with this team. We need to improve on the finishing because we are creating a lot but we are not finishing.

"Obviously the finishing part is the most difficult thing. Managers can improve a lot of things, but it is down to the players to improve.

"I totally trust the ability of my players and I am sure we're going to get it right soon."

Zola believes that Bellamy could help the Hammers get back on track against Arsenal after coming through his first 90 minutes of the season at Hull.

The Wales striker seems to have made a full recovery from a series of injuries that have derailed his career since joining West Ham in July last year.

Bellamy was guilty of wasting chances in his first start since February but West Ham manager Zola is convinced the 29-year-old will give his side an extra cutting edge as he regains his best form.

"Craig has done well but I know he can play much better," Zola said. "You can't ask too much from him after such a long time out but we really rely on him a lot because he is an important player for us.

"I was pleased with him, especially in the first half. I didn't expect him to be at his best but I am confident he will be back soon with his best performances for us.


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