Megson delighted for Elmander

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Bolton manager Gary Megson believes striker Johan Elmander is finally starting to show why he broke the club's transfer record to sign the Swede.

Elmander moved to the Reebok Stadium for £10million but after marking his debut with a goal on the opening day of the season at home to Stoke, he then went a further eight matches before scoring in Saturday's 3-1 win at Middlesbrough. But his 78th-minute strike at the Riverside delighted Megson.

"I think Johan's performances have pretty much personified how the team has been performing," he said. "He has been doing well but hasn't been getting the goals. At Middlesbrough he got the goal but his performance has been no different.

He added: "Anyone who watches him with an open mind will know that. Johan, as all centre-forwards, will be judged on the goals that he gets.

"But I can honestly say I have never been more pleased for a goalscorer than I was at Middlesbrough."

"We haven't been crowing about it or moaning at him but there has been quite a lot of questioning from elsewhere on when he was going to start scoring goals.

The goal was certainly a relief for the 27-year-old Sweden international, who thanked his manager and team-mates for their backing throughout his lean spell.

"Everyone has been talking about it, so it has been a difficult time for me," Elmander said.

"But I have to say that people in the dressing room and my manager have been really supportive. They have helped me through this and I thank them for that."

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