Friday 31 March 2017

Elmander on song

Wolves 2 Bolton 3

Phil Medlicott

Bolton boss Owen Coyle insists he is comfortable with Johan Elmander's contract situation after seeing the striker further boost his reputation with a fine strike in Bolton's win at Wolves.

Elmander scored his side's second, twisting through a crowd of defenders after the hour mark to coolly slot home.

The Swede, who now has six goals this season, is out of contract in the summer and has been linked with a move. However, Coyle says he is content with the way talks about a new deal are progressing.

"He is in the last year of his contract and he is well within his rights to let that run its course if he so deems," Coyle said. "Would I love to be able to say Johan has signed a new three-year contract? Absolutely. We haven't got to that stage yet but we will continue the dialogue.

A first-minute own-goal by Richard Stearman and a goal from Stuart Holden either side of Elmander's effort meant Bolton enjoyed a 3-0 lead with little over 20 minutes left.

Wolves swiftly reduced the deficit through Kevin Foley and Steven Fletcher, but couldn't complete the revival.

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