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Bodvarsson: "We go to Derby full of confidence and on a level ground"

Forward gives his take ahead of Lions’ trip to Derby

13 December 2019

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson claims the Millwall team are very high on belief and excitement as the Christmas period approaches, with The Lions’ second successive away win in potential sight in Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship visit to Derby County.

Pride Park resembles a ground on which Millwall won last season, and Bodvarsson is confident that Gary Rowett’s men can repeat the feat of Tuesday’s 2-1 win at in-form Bristol City come the weekend.

“We’re very excited for the next game, our team is very confident now,” the striker said to millwallfc.co.uk.

“We had a great result against Bristol City, so we’ll be going into Saturday’s game with full confidence and most importantly on a level ground again – we know it will be a tough one.

“To go away from home to a good side like Bristol City and get all three points shows we can beat anyone if we perform, and also to play as well as we did was brilliant. It gives the squad and the club in general a lot of good feeling moving forward. We need to take it one game at a time in this long season, and be ready for Derby on Saturday.”

Bodvarsson expects a tricky challenge from Phillip Cocu’s Rams, who despite sitting below The Lions in the Championship table, pose a threat with numerous talented players.

“Derby did very well in the Championship last year, and almost reached their ultimate goal to play in the Premier League,” he points out.

“It’s a brilliant ground, they have excellent players and they’re a big club, but as for us – we’re just thinking about ourselves really. We’re looking at what we can do to get a good result away from home again, up against this Derby side. I have a good feeling about it.”

The 27-year-old explains how much he is enjoying being part of the Millwall side since his arrival from Reading in July, and praises the proactive nature of manager Rowett since starting his reign at The Den.

“From day one, I think the manager had a clear plan of what he wants from us and a team of his to play like.

“The players got the feeling that we could express ourselves more, maybe, and I feel that the confidence has risen as well. He has a good squad, some brilliant individuals, and when that all blends in together, you can go really far.

“There’s a very special group of lads here, and I’m very happy to be a part of it, do my thing and try to do my best for the team.”

Bodvarsson was used in a wide attacking position by Rowett in Tuesday’s victory over Bristol City, and the Iceland international says not only did he enjoy the role he once experienced for years in his younger days in his homeland, he also believes his imminent first League goal will set the ball rolling.

“The wide role on Tuesday was okay. Back in Selfoss in Iceland, I was playing until about 20 or 21 as a right or left winger, and only became a striker when I moved to play in Norway.

“The role in general is still there in my head, and I know what to do in that position. Wherever the manager puts me, I’m ready to go, and I felt good in the last game. I’m excited to put my body on the line for every game.

“On the goals front, I feel like it’s not really dropping for me at the moment, but I heard someone describe it as the catch-up effect. It feels like I’m trying to get everything going and it will all come together in one go. I’m not overthinking it – I’m thinking about other aspects of how I can contribute as well, and the goals will follow.”


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