Belfast Telegraph

Johnson stars in Cottagers rout

Andrew Johnson's hat-trick helped Fulham romp to a 6-0 victory against west London rivals QPR.

The 30-year-old broke the deadlock after just 79 seconds, before adding a further goals either side of the break.

Danny Murphy's penalty along with efforts from Clint Dempsey and Bobby Zamora complemented Johnson's treble as the Cottagers secured their first Barclays Premier League win of the season.

The London derby started at ferocious pace, with Shaun Wright-Phillips' curled 20-yard effort forcing Mark Schwarzer to save within the opening minute.

Fulham immediately launched an attack at the other end and broke the deadlock. Moussa Dembele played a neat one-two with Zamora before unleashing a fierce drive that Paddy Kenny could only parry onto Johnson, who finished with ease.

Fulham did not have to wait long to score their second as Kenny upended Johnson in the box and referee Andre Marriner awarded a 20th-minute penalty, which skipper Murphy duly converted.

Martin Jol's side grabbed a third of the afternoon when Johnson turned home Zamora's cross in the 38th minute after keeping a cool a head during a melee in the box.

Johnson completed his hat-trick when he latched onto Murphy's quick free-kick 14 minutes after the restart.

Fulham did not rest on their laurels, though, and after Zamora fired just wide, the striker laid the ball off to Dempsey to make it 5-0 with an exquisite finish.

QPR's first top-flight match against Fulham got even worse in the 74th minute when Zamora was rewarded for an industrious performance with a deserved goal, slotting home past a hapless Kenny.


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