Fulham tonight moved clear into second spot in the Europa League’s Group K table thanks to a commanding 4-1 home win over Wisla Krakow.
The Cottagers were desperate to atone for their 1-0 away loss to the Poles when Moussa Dembele was controversially sent off and they managed to do it in style with help from an Andy Johnson brace which takes his tally to eight goals in Europe so far this season.
It started out well for the home side as they took the lead through Damien Duff inside five minutes as he slotted home a neat cross from Johnson from the right but within four minutes the visitors were back on level terms courtesy of Andraz Kirm’s attempt deflected in off Cottagers left-back John Arne Riise.
But sanity at Craven Cottage was soon restored when Johnson sent a sublime volley home on the half-hour mark before adding a second, to make it 3-1, when Danny Murphy’s quick free-kick was laid off to Bobby Zamora who flicked it into the path of Johnson to fire home from close range.
The victory was complete when Steve Sidwell managed to follow-up his initial header to slot home in the 79th minute, making it 4-1, and pushing Martin Jol’s men four points clear of Odense and Wisla in second with FC Twente three points ahead of the Cottagers at the top.
Europa League Group K
Yellow cards: FUL - Bobby Zamora 43’, Dickson Etuhu 65’
WIS - Kew Jaliens 44’, Dragan Paljic 56’, Junior Diaz 66’