Etuhu hails AJ

Midfielder praises Cottagers striker

Etuhu: Feels Johnson deserves to keep his starting place

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Fulham midfielder Dickson Etuhu has heaped praise on Europa League hero Andrew Johnson, saying he is the 'only striker of his kind'.

The former Everton and Crystal Palace striker bagged both goals in Fulham's 2-0 Europa League Group K win over Odense in Denmark on Thursday.

The 30-year-old also scored in the Cottagers' opening group game with FC Twente a fortnight ago to take his total in Europe this season to six.

Fellow strikers Bobby Zamora and Moussa Dembele missed the clash on Thursday and could return to play QPR at the weekend, but Etuhu feels Johnson has done enough to keep his place in the starting line-up.

"AJ is the only striker of his kind," said the 29-year-old.

"There are not many people around that go the other way and cause such problems with his pace and his fitness.

"He is always there, always sniffing for a goal. It is great to see him score again.

"He was unlucky not to get more games and hopefully that is something to show the manager he should use him a bit more."

The Nigerian midfielder was making only his second appearance after spending a month on the sidleines with a thigh injury and he could not hide his relief to be finally back on the pitch again.

"I've been injured for a while so it is nice to be back and get a game," added Etuhu.

"Obviously before that I wasn't really involved but it was nice to get a game.

"The win was good for the team, good for everybody's confidence and really good ahead of the weekend."