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Hodgson: Johnson fired up

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Andy Johnson is "desperate" to prove his £10.5million transfer fee was a wise investment by Fulham, according to boss Roy Hodgson.

Johnson struck his first goals for the club in Wednesday night's 2-0 victory over Wigan, bringing up his century of league scores in the process.

"Andy is desperate to do well for Fulham. He's desperate to show the fans he's a good player. He's a brave player who is not afraid to put his foot in," said Hodgson.

It has taken eight appearances for the England marksman to open his account and Hodgson believes he will flourish now he is off the mark.

"The goals will have settled Andy down," added Hodgson. "He was sent off harshly against West Ham because his adrenaline was pumping at an extraordinary rate - he wanted to show everyone what a good signing he was.

"Those goals will have given him some composure and confidence. They will have taken away that little bit of pressure that tends to build up."

Luring the 27-year-old to Craven Cottage was a major coup that Hodgson views as a statement of intent by the club.

"When players who have spent their whole careers in the south - or vice versa - then make a move in the other direction there's always a risk that after a couple of years they might return to a place where they feel more comfortable," he said.

"We had that vibe about Andy and thought he would not be averse to moving back south and that's what encouraged us to pursue him. Luckily we got him.

"It was important for us to show that players who'd played for England and who were in demand - we weren't the only club interested in his signature - would join us."

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