Saturday 23 September 2017

Johnson hat-trick too hot for QPR to handle

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

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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