Johnson double impresses Jol

BY foxsports • September 30, 2011

The 30-year-old's double helped the Cottagers end an eight-game winless run and secure three points in Group K of the Europa League at the Odense Stadion. Johnson, whose contract expires at the end of the season, broke the deadlock with a first-half strike that snuck under former Everton goalkeeper Stefan Wessels, before scoring with a neat curling effort with two minutes remaining. Jol said: "He is top scorer in Europe if you count qualification matches too. He was a handful tonight. "He hasn't done it in the league but sometimes you have to give him the opportunities too. "The second goal was unbelievable. The ball was high and he took it on his shoe. "It was amazing. It came from nothing. "We have offered him another two years so there is a lot of confidence in him. "Sometimes it's better to start talking in December or January. "Andy is a good boy and a good worker. "He has one year left and hopefully we can change that. If not, it is in his hands. "He is a team player and will give you his all. "He was good for us today and Fulham has been good to him before my time here. "He has had a lot of big injuries and didn't score a lot of goals last year, just two, maybe three. It's a good marriage, you know? "I want Andy to be with us and stay here. I don't think there's a lot of difference [in the negotiations]. "We have spoken a couple of times in the last couple of weeks." Johnson's brace has seen him rack up six Europa League goals in nine appearances. Jol hinted such form could see him start Sunday's Premier League encounter with QPR, against whom he hopes the Cottagers will be more clinical. "I'm 100% certain that if I start Andy he won't let anyone down," the Dutchman added. "He is a true professional, he always plays with his heart and you can't say that of all the pros in football. "We didn't do particularly well in first half. "We have to look at every game again. If we'd scored against West Brom there's no problem. We have had five draws. It's ridiculous. "It means we are good defensively but we couldn't put the ball in the net." Many Odense fans felt the 2-0 defeat was harsh given the balance of possession and manager Henrik Clausen was also frustrated by the result. "The situation in the group is where you'd expect it to be with Fulham and Twente the favourites," he said. "I saw a lot of opportunities to get a point today but we didn't so that decreases our chances of going through. "But there's a long way until December 14 and we still have two home games. "Plus if we have a good day at Fulham we still have a chance to go through and I will be very happy." On Odense's performance against Fulham, he added: "We played the way I want them to play. "I was happy with the performance but not the result. "They took their two chances well. This was a far, far better performance than our previous three games."

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