Fulham boss Mark Hughes backed Andrew Johnson to keep scoring after the striker’s first Premier League goal in almost two years rescued a point for the Cottagers at Wigan.

”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.”

Prior to Johnson’s leveller, Fulham thought they had equalised when Dempsey finished from close range, but the effort was disallowed for handball. Hughes admitted it was the right call and was pleased his players did not let it get them down.

”It was the correct decision in fairness, but you’ve seen referees give them in the past, overruling their linesman,” Hughes said. ”Not on this occasion, and sometimes teams can be disappointed when those decisions seem to go against them, but not my team.

”They stuck at it and I’m delighted that we were able to get something out of it.”