Bolton boss Coyle delighted with Davies-Elmander partnership

Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle is delighted with his strike-pairing of Johan Elmander and Kevin Davies.

Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle is delighted with his strike-pairing of Johan Elmander and Kevin Davies.

For the draw with West Bromwich Albion, Elmander's goal was his fourth of the campaign and Coyle paid tribute to the recent improvement shown by the Sweden striker, who is linking well with 33-year-old skipper Davies - a player the Wanderers boss feels still deserves a chance to show what he could do in an England shirt.

"He knows the demands I place on him and I like to think we have helped him along the way," Coyle said of Elmander.

"But the person who deserves the biggest credit in this is Johan, because when he crosses the white line, he has to deliver.

"I think he is fortunate as well that he is playing with such a terrific leader of the line in Kevin Davies, and I am very fortunate to have him as my captain.

"For fear of being repetitive - I don't pick England squads and some people might say he is too old, but I think he would be a breath of fresh air and could bring a completely different dimension and facet to the play if required.

"But I just think they look like a real good partnership. Every time we go up the park now - as opposed to when I came in last season, inheriting a team in the bottom three which was very fragile - I think we look a real goal threat, and long may that continue."

 
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