Bolton boss Gary Megson expressed his delight after watching £10million record signing Johan Elmander wrap up victory at Middlesbrough with his first goal since the opening day of the season.

Megson has consistently backed his mis-firing Swedish striker who was recently axed by his national team and his stunning 78th-minute goal showed the kind of quality he has.

Megson said: "I must admit in all my time as a player and a manager I've never been more pleased for someone to score. It has taken a huge amount of pressure off Johan which I felt was a bit unfair.

He added: "He did the same as he's done in nearly every game for us. His quality is exceptional and his workrate is exceptional. Now people will start looking at him in a different way because of the goal he's scored."

But despite skating to victory after going two goals ahead inside the first 10 minutes, Megson insisted there was plenty of room for improvement concerning his team's all-round display.

Megson added: "We got a terrific start but we didn't press it home and we were looking to hang onto it instead of pushing forward. We are a bit of an enigma at the moment."

Boro boss Gareth Southgate admitted he could find no immediate answer for his side's flat display and conceded Megson's more lively visitors were full value for the three points.

Southgate said: "We didn't deserve anything from the game and we made the wrong decisions too many times. When you have a start like that you give yourselves a mountain to climb.

"We didn't make the game simple enough and sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say they deserve it. It was also disappointing because we spoke about when we get the momentum there will be a swing in the game.

"But we didn't have that long enough to make it count and to concede just after we'd scored killed the game."

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