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Monday 20 November 2017

Zola dismisses 'exit' talk

West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola refused to talk about speculation over his future at the club after their 3-2 defeat at Fulham.

Zola insists he is not affected by suggestions that he could be ousted as manager over the summer.

"It does not affect me," Zola said. "It has been like that since I've been at the club. I have learned how to take it."

West Ham have won just once on their travels this season and Zola was again disappointed with another reverse.

The Hammers are effectively safe from relegation by virtue of their superior goal difference to Hull and Zola had hoped for a change in fortunes on their travels.

"I thought in the first half we were the better team," said Zola. "But then they scored the first goal. In the first 15 minutes after half-time they scored a second and after that we played better."

Clint Dempsey put Fulham ahead and an own goal from West Ham striker Carlton Cole gave them a two-goal cushion early in the second half.

But Cole redeemed himself when he reduced the arrears, only for Fulham substitute Stefano Okaka to make it 3-1 in the 79th minute. Guillermo Franco then scored in stoppage time to make it 3-2.

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