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Bodvarsson: "We should be going into these games full of confidence"

Striker keen to take first three points on the road at Swansea this weekend

22 November 2019

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson states that Millwall should be going into away fixtures full of confidence in the team’s identity, ahead of The Lions’ visit to Swansea City on Saturday.

Bodvarsson started in our last League outing a fortnight ago, ending in a dramatic victory over Charlton Athletic at The Den.

“Last time out was a massive win for us as a team and an important three points,” the striker told millwallfc.co.uk.

“It was a bonus for me personally to start the game and play more minutes. I feel fitter and stronger now with more League minutes and two full games with the national team.

“We’ve been focusing on Swansea for a while. Away games have proven more difficult for us so far this season, especially psychologically, but I don’t think it should be like that. We have a clear identity and we should be going into these games full of confidence in ourselves. Away games in the Championship are always tough, but it’s a long season and the results will come on the road.”

The Iceland forward is very praising of boss Gary Rowett and his staff, who he claims have implemented their ideas very efficiently on the squad as they continue to work towards climbing up the Sky Bet Championship table.

“The manager’s arrival and the time in training since has been brilliant,” claims Bodvarsson.

“He comes with a clear vision of what he wants from us and works on that with us both as individuals, and most importantly as a team. Sessions have been good, everyone is really well on board, and as a collective unit we know our jobs and what is expected from us. We have a clear objective.”

An away win in the League is not the only first Bodvarsson is hoping for this weekend – he is also seeking his maiden Championship goal since his summer move to SE16 – a moment he is confident will get the ball rolling.

“Of course, I’ve wanted to be banging in goals early doors, but I’ve been working hard and getting more minutes so hopefully that will enable me to score my first League goal as soon as possible.

“That’s what I’m all about – I want to get off and running in the League and get that goal.”

Finally, Bodvarsson moved onto 48 senior Iceland caps during the recent international programme, as his nation booked a place in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Play-Off Semi-Finals, where they will host Romania in Reykjavik next March.

A victory would put Erik Hamren’s Icelanders just one step away from a place at the Euros finals – which breeds happy memories for everyone associated with the Nordic country.

“The international break was okay. Obviously we wanted to qualify automatically, but we managed to make the Play-Offs and we had some exciting games,” the striker explains.

“We still have a big chance to go through with Romania in March in our next qualifier. Apparently the stadium when we drew in Turkey is the loudest stadium in the world, and they are the kind of venues you want to be playing in.

"We were unlucky not to win the game to try and get straight through, but when we go back to the national team again we will be fully focused against Romania.”


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