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Bodvarsson: "Cup run would be good for the squad"

Icelandic striker discusses Carabao Cup visit to Oxford

26 August 2019

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson has talked of the importance of a Carabao Cup run to the Millwall squad as a way of picking up valuable game time and boosting morale around the camp.

Bodvarsson's first start since arriving from Reading came in the 2-1 First Round victory over West Bromwich Albion, and the striker will be in contention for a starting place in Tuesday night's contest with Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium.

"I feel good, and the squad in general has a great feeling about it," he said to millwallfc.co.uk.

"It's an exciting game we have in the Cup. It will be a tough one for sure - it can often be hard to face teams in a lower division - so it won't be easy for us against Oxford.

"We're expecting a tough game, and it would be good for the squad if we could get a Cup run going this season."

The Iceland international looks back with fondness on the First Round success at The Hawthorns, and claims building a journey in the Cup competitions can help the whole squad earn valuable minutes.

"It was a really good team effort in the last round, against a very good opponent.

"We ended up showing our character after going 1-0 down - we equalised and then went on to win the game. It shows the width of the squad right now and that we have some really strong players.

"An advantage of a Cup run is that the whole of the squad can get more minutes and play more regularly, and it helps for everyone to be as involved as possible. For me personally, it was fantastic to get 90 minutes at West Brom because it was my first full game in around six months. That was good for the body and I hope to earn more minutes going forward."

Bodvarsson's League minutes have so far been limited to action from the bench in the opening month of the Sky Bet Championship season, but the forward is positive that competition will help the squad and he relishes battling for a place with his fellow teammates.

"It's massive to have the depth we have, and players who can come in. It's such a long season, and the Championship is on a different level when it comes to how many games you have to play.

"It's very important to have a good squad - injuries will come up during the course of the campaign - and it's also healthy to have competition in every position. It keeps everyone on their toes, makes them strive to improve and train better to win their place in the team.

"We have a strong squad here and that is really positive for us. I want to help the team in every way I can to win games - that's what I'm all about. It's very often up to the strikers to be contributing with goals and hard work, and that's what I want to do. Of course, I haven't been playing as many minutes as I'd have liked at the moment, but it's something I completely understand because the players who have played often have been performing brilliantly. I take the challenge to break into the team very positively, and I just try to work hard every day. When I have the chance, I'll be ready."

The 27-year-old finally explains how seamlessly he has fit into his new surroundings in South London, and is excited for the marathon of his debut campaign with The Lions.

"I've settled in really well so far. The lads are fantastic for sure, and it's a good environment to be in mentally.

"I didn't feel like I had to adapt to the surroundings here as I have settled well. The only adaptation there might have been was to the style of play as it is different to my two years at Reading.

"But right now I feel used to everything, and for me it's tip-top."


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