In an interview with the offal, Clint Dempsey shared his delight at Andy Johnson’s return to form – reflecting on his hat-trick against QPR last weekend.

Johnson scored twice against Odense to earn three crucial Europa League points for the Whites in Denmark before following them up with a fine display of pace, movement and finishing that did for Neil Warnock’s side at Craven Cottage.

That’s five goals in two games for him [Andrew Johnson] now which is great. It’s good that he is scoring as many goals as he is and hopefully that will continue.

He is someone who always works hard and always puts in a good shift for the team. I respect him for the fact that he has had a couple of tough injuries and he has been able to fight back from them and now he is doing as well as he is this season.

Dempsey felt Fulham’s lightning start to the local derby set the tone for the afternoon.

Anytime you score goals it’s going to give your team confidence. Getting the first goal of the day, it settles you a little bit and we were able to keep possession and that’s important considering how hot it was on Sunday.

I think they [QPR] got a little bit tired. We were able to stay compact at the back and make it difficult for them to create chances.

I’m sure they were getting frustrated but we were patient and picking out our passes on Sunday. Sometimes you play really well but can’t score and other days it seems like everything is going in, and Sunday was one of those days.