Klasnic takes the plaudits

Bolton Wanderers boss Gary Megson was full of praise for Ivan Klasnic following the striker’s winning goal in the 3-2 victory at home to Everton.

The Trotters made hard work of the win, letting a two-goal lead slip before Klasnic rifled home with four minutes remaining to seal a first home league win of the campaign.

“Ivan has just got one thought in his mind when he’s in there,” Megson commented.

“He had a shot just before that from about 20 yards when really he should have passed it to Chung-Yong Lee.

“But you can’t criticise forwards for doing that, that is what they are there for.

“Him being that kind of personality was probably a good thing for us, because he certainly wasn’t looking to pass when the ball dropped to him. It was a fantastic strike.”

Croatia international Klasnic’s career appeared to be in danger a couple of years ago when he required a kidney transplant, but Megson has played down the relevance of that now.

He added:“I can fully understand people talking about this – he has had this kidney transplant and he’s come through.

“But I think in time we’ll move on from that and just recognise that he’s a good player.

“He doesn’t mention it at all. He doesn’t make any fuss and he isn’t treated any differently to anyone else, he just gets on with it.”

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