Jon Dadi Bodvarsson is in high spirits ahead of Millwall’s Sky Bet Championship contest with Stoke City at The Den, claiming the squad are feeling good as the Gary Rowett era begins.
The Icelander recognises the threat of Stoke despite their recent League struggles, and notes the excitement around the camp following Rowett’s arrival.
“We’re feeling good and we’re excited for another shot at three points against a tough opponent,” Bodvarsson said when speaking to millwallfc.co.uk.
“Considering how the game was against Cardiff, it was a strong point at home in a physical game with a lot of second balls. We’re focusing now on Stoke – we have exciting times ahead with the new manager here, it will be good to hear his ideas and go on from there.
“Stoke have some really good individuals and they’re a huge club. It’s The Championship – there are a lot of things that can go wrong, and we’re not going into the game at all thinking they’re in a relegation battle. We’re looking at it thinking they were in the Premier League not long ago, and we have to be on top of our game.”
Bodvarsson credits Adam Barrett’s influence on the squad during his three-game spell as caretaker manager and says it is fantastic to continue working under Barrett as he reverts to his role of first-team coach alongside Rowett, Callum Davidson and Joe Carnall.
He also praises the current form of fellow striker Tom Bradshaw, after the Welsh international netted his fourth and fifth in four matches against Cardiff City in midweek.
“It’s brilliant that Ads is here working with the manager, he’s been brilliant whilst he was taking the team.
“He made everyone feel at ease and let us enjoy ourselves on the pitch, which is the main thing. His impact was massive for us, so it’s great to have him still with the squad.
“Bradders is a fantastic striker and he’s found some great form scoring goals. He’s on fire, and he’s doing the most important thing for a centre-forward. Hopefully he can carry on as he is performing at the moment.”
Having been one of a trio of Lions to participate for his nation in the recent international break, Bodvarsson claims he feels sharp and will continue to do his utmost to carve out a consistent run in the team.
“For me personally, I’m happy that I’ve been coming on in the last few games and doing the best I can.
“Hopefully there will be many more minutes to come, I feel confident and I’m always looking for as much playing time as possible.
“Physically I’m feeling good, I’m ready to go and my mentality is to want to train every day and play every game. I take things one game at a time, and I’m looking forward.”