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Fulham's Johnson enjoys strike of a lifetime

Published: Friday 4 November 2011, 7.26CET
Andrew Johnson told UEFA.com the volley that set Fulham FC on their way to beating Wisła Kraków was "as clean a strike as I've hit in my career" and Bobby Zamora hailed his colleague.
by Paul Saffer
from Craven Cottage

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Match statistics

FulhamWisła

Goals scored4
 
1
Attempts on target9
 
7
Attempts off target7
 
11
Corners6
 
2
Offsides2
 
3
Fouls committed15
 
17
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Group K

PPts
1FC Twente Twente410
2Fulham FC Fulham47
3Odense BK OB43
4Wisła Kraków Wisła43
Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:51 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 4 November 2011, 7.26CET

Fulham's Johnson enjoys strike of a lifetime

Andrew Johnson told UEFA.com the volley that set Fulham FC on their way to beating Wisła Kraków was "as clean a strike as I've hit in my career" and Bobby Zamora hailed his colleague.

The key to Fulham FC's vital 4-1 UEFA Europa League Group K defeat of Wisła Kraków was two superb goals from Andrew Johnson, who described the first, a scorching volley, as being "as clean a strike as I've hit in my career". Wisła midfielder Júnior Díaz identified Johnson's second goal, a training ground free-kick move that made it 3-1, as the decisive moment.

Andrew Johnson, Fulham forward
It was a hard game, and it was a hard game away from home. We are delighted to get the three points to give us a great chance of qualifying. We have a couple of big games, FC Twente and Odense coming up, so if we can get another win we'll be safe.

I'm pleased [with the goals]. The main thing was that the team got the win they needed because we lost at their place the other week, which was a bit disappointing. I was delighted, the first one was a great ball from Danny Murphy and probably as clean a strike as I've hit in my career. And it was a well-worked free-kick for the second one, something we'd been practising on, and I was delighted to get it over the keeper.

I don't think you like going into the last couple of games waiting on other results. You want the incentive and it is up to us to go and do it. It's a massive competition. We got to the final a couple of years ago and everybody knows how important it is to the club, and it is to us as well. So I'm delighted to keep on scoring and hopefully I can carry on.

It was a great atmosphere. I'm not sure how many Polish fans were here but they made a great effort so it was a great game, a great atmosphere. Fulham fans were top class like they always are week in, week out and they played their part.

Bobby Zamora, Fulham forward
Pleased to win obviously. A good performance and a few goals for the boys which is nice. Some good goals, some well-worked goals, I'm pleased because AJ's on fire. He's the man at the minute, long may it continue for him.

We were a bit disappointed [to lose in Poland], the lads were up for it. Had to win this one and prove a point; it was nice to beat them. The atmosphere was good, they brought some good fans, a good number of fans, it was a good atmosphere and it was pleasing. We'd worked on that free-kick [that made it 3-1] for the first time the other day. It worked brilliantly.

Júnior Díaz, Wisła midfielder
We did everything we could to win this game, but it was tough. You could say Fulham won easily and they did good work – but so did we. The score is not good for us but we tried to do all we could.

We had a chance and the opportunities to score [after equalising]. Then Fulham took their chances. The difference was the move from their free-kick for the third goal; this goal made a big difference to the game. It was a very good atmosphere, it's very nice to play here.

Last updated: 27/11/12 10.18CET

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