The Andrew Johnson Europa League goal machine whirrs on.
His second here secured the win and, coming as it did from a neat move straight off the training ground, illustrated what confidence does when the goals are flowing.
On 57 minutes Danny Murphy slid a crafty free-kick to Bobby Zamora, inside the Wisla Krakow area. Johnson's partner reversed the ball to him and his coolly spooned finish over the prone Sergei Pareiko brought his eighth goal in 11 appearances in the Europa League this season. His first goal had come on the half-hour, from a superb volley.
Martin Jol, Fulham's manager, said: "As a second striker he is one of the best. He scored a hat-trick against QPR so if he did that [all the time], it would be unbelievable. He is scoring all sorts of goals, the second [tonight] was totally different to the first. The second was amazing."
Johnson wants a new contract, to run to the close of the 2013-14 season; Fulham want it to end a year earlier. Had this display strengthened his hand? "We don't talk about it until it's happened ," said Jol, deadpan. "Maybe he will, maybe he won't."
Jol was equally dry when asked where this ranked in Fulham's displays this season: "We played some good football [this season] but the problem was the 0-0 [with Aston Villa], the 1-1 [against Blackburn Rovers]. Today we were more efficient."
Krakow, the Polish champions, arrived having two weeks ago inflicted Fulham's only defeat in the competition so far. The Dutchman sent out about as strong an XI as he could field, Johnson partnering Zamora in a 4-4-1-1 that proved instantly effective.
After Damien Duff had warmed Pareiko's fingers, he scored almost instantly. The Irishman began the move. Threading the ball to Zamora, who laid off to Johnson, the winger ran through midfield to collect and finish by applying his left foot cleanly.
Ten minutes were not up when Robert Maakant's side had an equaliser. Dickson Etuhu was mugged near the centre circle by Cezary Wilk, the visiting captain, who moved down the left-hand corridor and passed to Lukasz Gargula. He played the ball on to Andraz Kirm, whose shot deflected off John Arne Riise to leave Mark Schwarzer little chance.
Johnson believed he had re-established the lead but he was correctly adjudged to have picked up possession in an offside position. Fulham were worryingly porous at the back but they were about to fashion their impressive second goal. Murphy's cross from the right was met with a rocket of a volley from Johnson's right boot. The striker ran over to rub this in to the Krakow supporters, who taunted their counterparts incessantly and at one stage let off a smoking flare.
Before the break Clint Dempsey came close to besting Johnson in the goal-of-the-game stakes, when veering right and dinking a sand-wedge of a lob beyond Pareiko, but the ball skimmed to safety off the bar.
The concern for Jol as the second half began was whether his team could stop the flow of the Poles when they moved forward. Initially the answer was no. Gargula found time and space too easily before he was removed on the hour, soon after Fulham's third goal.
Steve Sidwell, on for Murphy, crashed home the fourth and Jol could brush off a barb aimed at him by Maakant, who claimed the Fulham manager had "played the [Gervasio] Núñez card quite well. It's always nice for a coach who worked with Luis Suárez [who bit an opponent in the Dutch league] for a year and a half [at Ajax] to say something about another player."
This referred to Jol's pre-game criticism of the Argentinian's penchant for theatrics that had caused Moussa Dembélé to be sent off in the first fixture, in Poland.
Jol shrugged and said: "We never even talked about it."
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