Coyle happy with Elmander talks

Elmander scored his side’s second at Molineux, twisting and turning
through a crowd of defenders just after the hour mark and coolly
slotting home. The Sweden international, who now has six goals this
season, is out of contract in the summer and has been linked with a
move away from Bolton, particularly after chairman Phil Gartside
indicated the Trotters might be forced to sell to balance the
books. However, Coyle says he is content with the way talks with
the player about a new deal are progressing. “He is in the last
year of his contract and he is well within his rights to let that
run its course if he so deems,” Coyle said. “But I speak to him
every day on the training ground and we have a very good
relationship. I’m comfortable with the situation and he keeps
giving me everything he’s got. “We are delighted to have him and
would I love to be able to say Johan has signed a new three-year
contract? Absolutely. We haven’t got to that stage yet but we will
continue the dialogue.” Asked if Elmander was giving the impression
he wanted to stay, Coyle added: “Yes he does, but footballers are
strange characters in many ways. “I have been there myself and
sometimes when you are in a run of form you don’t want too many
distractions or to be talking about contracts. I can understand
that. “But the feedback I have is that he enjoys being here and if
he didn’t, I don’t think you would see this level of performance
from him. I think that speaks for itself.” A first-minute own-goal
by Richard Stearman and a goal from Stuart Holden either side of
Elmander’s effort meant Bolton enjoyed a 3-0 lead with a little
over 20 minutes remaining. Wolves swiftly reduced the deficit
through Kevin Foley and Steven Fletcher, and Coyle admitted it had
been a nervy finale before his side sealed the win which takes them
up to fifth in the Premier League. “We got ourselves into a
tremendous position, but you have to give Wolves credit,” Coyle
said. “They showed tremendous spirit and got themselves back into
the game, which added a few grey hairs to myself. “But over the
piece I don’t think anyone could say we weren’t worthy of the three
points.” Wolves manager Mick McCarthy, whose team also conceded in
the opening minute in their previous game against Arsenal, was left
with mixed emotions after a late rally failed to improve his side’s
standing in the bottom three. Asked if he felt encouraged or
distraught by the performance, McCarthy said: “A bit of both. We
made it very difficult (for ourselves) and we shouldn’t have to
come back from three goals down, or one after 50 seconds, that is
for sure. “It’s difficult then to repair it, although I thought we
had plenty of chances in the first half and I thought we started
the second half well. “It’s a great goal for Elmander from his
point of view, but from mine it is awful. We lost the plot for a
few minutes and got caught for the third, but having come back we
should have got the equaliser.”