Mark Hughes hailed the 3-0 victory over Blackpool as the perfect day for Bobby Zamora and an ideal platform for his side to secure a top 10 finish this season.

The 30-year-old striker had been a doubt due to illness in the build-up to the clash but made his mark with a first-half double in west London.

Hughes believes such form is an indication of the spirit within the Cottagers' squad and hailed Zamora's contribution after his return from a lengthy lay-off with a broken leg.

"Bobby had been under the weather, he just had a head cold and had not been sleeping particularly well," he said. "He just wasn't quite as lively during the week as he normally is.

"Normally you hear Bobby before you seem him so he was a little bit quiet but I thought this was the perfect game for him, to be honest.

"I thought that he got over the last hurdle in his head after the injury in terms of starting games and really, in fairness, I couldn't have hoped for a better impact from him. For him to come in - the way he is thinking about his game and coming back from a serious injury - it was a perfect day for him."