BOBBY Zamora says he has no right to expect to automatically return to the starting XI just because of his winning goal against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
The Fulham striker came off the bench in the 70 th minute and scored a last-gasp penalty to claim his first goal since August following a four month lay-off with a knee injury.
"We have so many attacking options that I don't expect to come back in [automatically] at all," Zamora said.
"I'm happy to play my part coming off the bench.
"The lads have been tremendous. Looking at the bench, it's frightening. The options are brilliant and I think anybody can go in and do a great job.
"You have to be in top form every week in training to get in that starting XI.
"It's a case now of getting properly fit and being able to play 90 minutes. That's my goal for the season.
"I suppose it does feel like the season's starting for me. It's just a shame it's come so close to the end of the season."
Zamora says it is a relief just to be back training properly again.
"Everyone knows it's tough when you get injured, trying to get back, but we have a great medical team and thanks to them, it was a straightforward recovery really," the striker said.
"It's hard watching them when I'm in the gym and they're outside enjoying themselves, having a laugh – that was the hardest part.
"They always used to walk past and shout a few bits of banter, slash, abuse.
"But these things happen. I've been pretty lucky all through my career not to pick up anything major and I suppose it was my time."