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.”