Mixed emotions for match-winner Ivan Klasnic


Bolton Wanderers striker Ivan Klasnic earned sympathy from manager Owen Coyle after scoring the winner and then being sent off in the 2-1 victory at home to Stoke City.

The 30-year-old Croatia international netted two minutes into stoppage time at the Reebok Stadium, before being shown two yellow cards in quick succession by referee Peter Walton.

Coyle said after the game:“He made an impression and what an impression, because he was the match-winner.

“We know the quality he has and it’s been frustrating for me and him not being able to get him on the pitch.

“But that’s been down to the form of Johan Elmander and Kevin Davies and it was the same again here.

“But the quality of Ivan’s finish was there for everybody to see. It was an exquisite winner. The disappointment for him is he has received a red card on the back of that.

“The first yellow I can accept because he went out to help his pal who had been fouled and then the second he has jumped early for the ball, with no intention of hurting anybody.

“To receive a yellow card I thought was very harsh. I don’t know what the referee has seen, if he had a different angle.

“But it’s two yellow cards, you can’t affect that and it means we have another player suspended.”

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