HOLY SMOKE! JOHNSON FIRES OFF A COUPLE OF CRACKERS.
Fulham 4 Wisla Krakow 1 By MIKE WALTERS REVENGE is a dish best served smoked, but Andy Johnson's volley didn't deserve to be obscured by a choking shroud.
As Fulham threw the kitchen sink at Wisla Krakow on a pulsating night at Craven Cottage, Johnson conjured up two goal of the season contenders.
And the 7,000 Polish fans who generated a racket rarely associated with Thursday nights on Channel 5 sent the elf 'n' safety brigade into meltdown by letting off a smoke bomb in the wooden Johnny Haynes stand.
By the time the pall of smog had drifted across the pitch, Johnson's 10th goal of the season - and his seventh in the Europa League - was already attracting rave reviews.
When Fulham skipper Danny Murphy's corner was returned to sender, Johnson met his driven centre with a swivelling volley which flew in off the left-hand upright. Fulham, eager to avenge Krakow playmaker Gervasio Nunez's grubby cheating which cost Moussa Dembele an undeserved red card in last month's reverse fixture, went ahead after just four minutes, Damien Duff supplying an assured finish to a slick four-man move. Wisla's quickfire equaliser from Andraz Kirm took a telling deflection ome off John Arne Riise, and a minute later Johnson's effort was disallowed for offside.
o But there was no doubting the legitimacy or technique of his superb volleyed first goal on the halfhour.
When Johnson dinked an exquisite finish over Krakow keeper Sergei Pareiko after a well-worked freekick in the 57th minute, Martin Jol's men had the breathing space they deserved.
And Steve Sidwell made it four from Duff's cross in the 79th minute.
AJ RULES OK Two-goal Johnson grabs his first FUL MARKS Duff scores the opener for Fulham