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Thu Apr 17 00:48:31 SAST 2014

Fulham's Johnson slams Europa League 'actors'

Teamtalk media | 02 November, 2011 13:440 Comments
Andy Johnson of Fulham celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Queens Park Rangers at Craven Cottage on October 2, 2011 in London, England
Image by: Paul Gilham / Getty Images

Fulham striker Andy Johnson has joked that his team-mates should copy other sides who play-act when they play in the Europa League.

Johnson believes the Cottagers should maybe adopt a more "clever" approach to their game when they host Wisla Krakow in their Group K clash on Thursday night.

The Premier Leaugue outfit will be keen to get some points after suffering a 1-0 defeat to the same opponents in Poland two week ago.

Martin Jol's team slumped after Moussa Dembele was dismissed early in the first half and Johnson was quick to accuse Wisla's Gervasio Nunez of coercing the referee.

The pacy 30-year-old has now told his fellow players that doing a bit of simulation on Thursday might bring them a better result.

Johnson told Sky Sports: "I think we'll have to approach the game at our place differently.

"There's nothing we can do about the ref. But I think you need to be careful. You need to be a bit wiser in Europe. That's always been the case.

"There's a lot of diving, a lot of play-acting going on. We've just got to be clever."

He quipped: "Maybe we need to do it a bit ourselves just to keep up with these teams and make things fair."

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