Johnson hat-trick too hot for QPR to handle
Published 03/10/2011 | 05:00
With west London temperatures hitting almost 30 degrees on the first weekend of October, it was Andy Johnson who officially announced the Indian summer of his career with a hat-trick. And manager Martin Jol swiftly urged the striker to recommit to the club who paid £10.5m for his services in 2008. For their money, Fulham received just 19 goals in the three seasons before this but the 30-year-old, so badly affected by injuries in the past, now has five in four days, following a pair against Odense in the Europa League on Thursday and the three here as Fulham routed QPR.
But this was not a typical Johnson performance, so often all about his stealthy goal-scoring prowess. It was about so much more than that, as demonstrated by his involvement in the build-up for two more of his side's six goals.
And Fulham manager Jol, who finally has his first Premier League win in charge at Craven Cottage, insists that Johnson, a free agent in the summer, must now decide where his future lies.
"It's up to him," said the Dutchman. "I won't go into details, but it's a good contract. You would be happy with it. We have offered Andy Johnson this year, next year and an option (of another year)."
A Danny Murphy penalty and goals by Clint Dempsey and Bobby Zamora rounded off the scoring for the Cottagers.
Fulham 6 , QPR 0 , Declan Taylor
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