Wednesday 13 November 2013
Johan Elmander scored a brilliant individual goal to help earn Bolton Wanderers a Barclays Premier League win at Molineux.
The match had a dramatic opening as Richard Stearman headed into his own net under pressure from Matt Taylor in the first minute to put the visitors ahead. The contest promised more goals with both sides making chances. Nenad Milijas twice came close for Wolves, once when his long-range shot was saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen and then when his shot hit the top of the bar.
Elmander doubled the lead in the 62nd minute and what a goal it was. Collecting a pass inside the penalty area from Stuart Holden, the Sweden forward beat three defenders in a tight space before slipping the ball into the bottom corner.
Holden made it 3-0 five minutes later from 15 yards - his first Barclays Premier League goal – before Wolves staged a late comeback.
Kevin Foley played a one-two with Matt Jarvis before curling the ball home and then substitute Steven Fletcher headed in a Jarvis corner.
Wolves had chances to equalise but could not take them and Bolton held on to go fifth and leave the West Midlands side in the relegation zone.
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy said: “I’m always very proud of the way the lads play but we’ve got to have quality in front of goal. Performances have been good but you’ve got to get points.”
Bolton manager Owen Coyle said: “I can't ask any more from my players on a game-to-game basis, but you have to give credit to Wolves, they forced us back.”
Wolves were to emerge from the bottom three, finishing the season 17th, one point clear of the drop zone, and three places behind Bolton.