West Ham boss Zola: Cole now deciding games

West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola says former Chelsea teammate Carlton Cole is now fulfilling his potential.

West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola says former Chelsea teammate Carlton Cole is now fulfilling his potential.

Cole again struck in yesterday's victory over Fulham and Zola insisted: “People should remember what I said about Carlton Cole when I took over.

“I wasn’t fooling when I said those good things about him.

“I knew the potential of the player because I can recognise a player.

“I am pleased to say the difference between us and them was Carlton Cole. In the second half he changed the game around.

“He was helped by 10 fantastic players because the whole team played well.”

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