Posted by Barrie on Tuesday, 15 December 2009

That Man Klasnic Scores Again

Ivan Klasnic scored the second goal as Bolton Wanderers picked up a valuable victory over West Ham this evening to move them out of the relegation zone.

It was less than a week ago I was talking to a friend and saying Bolton looked like strong relegation contenders and value at (then) 4/1. I described them as a team looking very poor at the back and not scoring too many. There were 2 players I suggested could be their lifeline.

The first was the obvious choice of Jussi Jaaskelainen – one of the most reliable Premier League goalkeepers of the last decade. He's still got it, even if he doesn't get the best help from his defence.

The other was Ivan Klasnic. Although I haven't seen a great deal from home, what I have seen looks to be a shining light for Bolton. While Kevin Davies can win Bolton free kicks, score the occasional goal and hold the ball up, and Elmander can hold the ball up too and create chances, he is struggling to score in the Premier League. Klasnic offers a different threat. He's scoring goals. 3 in his last 2 now.

Klasnic doesn't have an outstanding scoring record in Germany or France at Werder Bremen or Nantes respectively, but if he can get into double figures for Bolton this season it will be a good return.

The Croatian striker, who some may remember scored Croatia's only goal in their final group game against Poland at Euro 2008, has great technique as demonstrated with his first goal for Bolton, against Fulham where he got infront of the ball before Brede Hangeland and spun 180 degrees to smash home. His instinct was shown in his first goal against Manchester City at the weekend, but don't mention that infront of Mr. Hughes ;)

This evening's goal is described as a howler from Robert Green in the West Ham goal, but I haven't seen it yet, so cannot comment. Either way, he has scored in 3 of his last 4 games in which Bolton have picked up 5 points in those fixtures and moved out of the relegation zone.

Where would Bolton be right now without Ivan Klasnic? I admire the start he has made to his Bolton career and I believe he is more capable of keeping this team up than Gary Cahill, Tamir Cohen and Kevin Davies who are doing well for Bolton.

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