Hughes welcomes AJ goal tonic

15 January 2011 07:02
Fulham boss Mark Hughes backed Andrew Johnson to keep scoring after the striker's first Barclays Premier League goal in almost two years rescued a point for the Cottagers at Wigan. The hosts went ahead in the 57th minute through Hugo Rodallega, who neatly guided the ball over David Stockdale. Substitute Johnson made it 1-1 with four minutes of normal time remaining, collecting Clint Dempsey's pass and unleashing a shot that hit Gary Caldwell on its way towards goal, leaving Ali Al Habsi unable to stop it going in. Johnson, who has been blighted by injuries, had not scored in the top flight since March 2009, but Hughes is convinced the former England international will now start hitting the back of the net more regularly again. "That will do him the world of good," Hughes said. "All he has been missing in recent weeks in terms of performances is goals. "Now he is off and running, I'm confident that he will kick on and score goals for us from now until the end of the season. Strikers need goals, that is what settles them down. "That is all that has been missing - you see the energy that he gives the team and his willingness to work hard, chasing lost causes. That is going to be important for us."

Source: PA