Coyle- No dilemma over strikers

The arrival of Daniel Sturridge on loan from Chelsea in January provided competition for captain Kevin Davies as well as Johan Elmander and, with the new man scoring three times in as many games, it is Swede Elmander who has had to make way.

The 29-year-old, who has not scored a Barclays Premier League goal since the 2-0 win over West Brom on Boxing Day, has played wide on the right in the last two matches.

The Trotters manager said: "There's absolutely no dilemma about playing any of my players anywhere. Wherever they're asked to play, they know it's for the good of the team, and they'll give everything they can for the team.

"I think we have very gifted individual players but their strength will be as a group and what they bring to the team. Johan Elmander has played off to the right, he's played in midfield, as the main striker, behind the main striker and to the left.

"Johan Elmander's a terrific footballer and a very nice lad to go with it. His contract's up in the summer and we've been very transparent about it."

Source: PA

Source: PA