Megson Delighted With Elmander

  • November 22, 2008 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Gary Megson admitted he was disappointed with how his side sat back at Middlesbrough, but singled out Johan Elmander as the star performer.

Goals from Gretar Steinsson and Matt Taylor put Wanderers two up inside 10 minutes at the Riverside, but Boro continued to increase the pressure, although they failed to find a breakthrough.

Emanuel Pogatetz appeared to have brought the hosts back into the game inside the final 15 minutes, but a superb goal from Elmander, just 60 seconds later, wrapped up the points for Megson's side.

"I am really delighted with the goal that he (Elmander) got," Megson told Sky Sports.

"It was a great goal from his point of view and from ours, but it was more important that he got it.

"When he came off he was absolutely shattered. I said to him that I have never been more pleased for somebody to score a goal because his performances have been terrific.

"Today his quality was there for everybody to see, but he is judged on goals as all centre-forwards are."

But despite holding praise for his record signing, Megson believes Bolton should have been out of sight before Boro pulled a goal back.

"I think we got off to a great start but in a strange way we will take that every time," Megson said.

"But when we went 2-0 up we didn't play anything like what we can play. We went a little bit deep and there was a little bit of a reticence to get ourselves forward and push on from there because we were massively on top.

"Middlesbrough are on a good run and we allowed them to come on to us and I didn't feel, certainly in the first half, that we were under any great threat.

"You can't continually, even if you are 2-0 up, keep inviting an opposition on to you and although it's a great afternoon for us, I am not sure we would have got the third goal if we hadn't conceded the first because when they did that we suddenly lifted the game back to what we should have done and we scored immediately."

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