Date: 24th November 2008 at 12:31pm
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Record signing Johan Elmander has come in for criticism lately, not all of it justified. The suggestion that he was lacking in effort was particularly wide of the mark. The Swede silenced all the doubters at the weekend, with a hard running performance at Middlesbrough, topped off with a goal that would have graced any game.

Bolton`s opener was either fortunate or incredibly cunning as Gretar Steinsson`s header ricocheted off the back of Kevin Davies past ‘Boro keeper, Ross Turnbull. Davies is claiming the goal, and wouldn`t want to argue with him would you? There was no doubt about Matt Taylor`s effort though as the former Portsmouth wing back, took one touch to take him past the defence and another to put the Whites two to the good.

However, the highlight of the game was Elmander`s strike, where he showed excellent movement, ball control and timing to fire home, just over a minute after Emmanuel Pogatetz had given the home side a foothold in the game.

It`s been a shaky start for the 27 year-old, not helped by injury and tactics that didn`t make the most of his talents. Hopefully now he can kick on and replicate the slightly better than one goal in three games achieved at his two previous clubs.


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