Johan Elmander delights Owen Coyle


Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle has heaped special praise on striker Johan Elmander after his stirring performance in Sunday's 2-2 home draw with Manchester United.

The Swede played a pivotal role in the Trotters' stalemate at the Reebok Stadium and, although he missed a great chance, Coyle was delighted that he created the opportunity out of nothing.

Bolton led twice as Nani cancelled out Zat Knight's opener and Michael Owen levelled after Martin Petrov restored the hosts' advantage and it was a scenario that upset the boss, but he refused to be overly critical by paying tribute to the Red Devils' quality.

"That chance would never have happened if Johan hadn't taken the ball, driven 40 yards and beat three or four men," said Coyle.

"He was magnificent today. He is a player playing at the top of his confidence.

"On another day that ball would have rolled into the top corner.

"I am certainly not going to criticise a player who's given me everything and shown unbelievable quality as well.

"Having led twice, we were disappointed to give up those leads, but you have to give balance to the unbelievable individual quality they have."

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