Bolton Wanderers striker sends Sheffield Wednesday & Sunderland firm message in play-off chase

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson feels there is less pressure on Bolton compared to other sides in and around the League One play-offs but that Wanderers are close to the top six in their quest to reach them.

Wanderers are making a late charge for the top six in the third tier of English football and are now seven points off the play-offs thanks to the 3-0 win over Gillingham on Saturday.

Goals from Aaron Morley, Declan John and Bodvarsson himself secured a comprehensive victory over the relegation-threatened Gills.

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As things currently stand, Wanderers are 11th and part of a chasing pack of outsiders for the play-offs at present, along with Portsmouth and Ipswich Town.

Wycombe Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday are fifth and sixth respectively and on the same number of points, 61.

Behind them, Sunderland and Plymouth Argyle are close on 60 and 59 points respectively.

With Wanderers, who were promoted out of League Two last season, being among sides not immediately outside the top six, Bodvarsson feels the clubs above Bolton in the table already up there have a lot at stake which can led to pressure.

Bodvarsson believes there is less pressure on Wanderers at this stage but that they are certainly close to the positions they want to be in and that with their rise up the table in recent weeks, it shows how far they can potentially go and that they have nothing to lose with everything to gain.

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He said: “I think we should look at it that way. The teams who are up there now have a lot at stake.

“When you get there and there are 10 games left, it can naturally be pressured.

“But I think we should look at it in a positive way because we are not there yet but we’re close. You have seen how well we can play and how far we can go. It is positive in all aspects.

“Ten games now, I think we should go all-in.

“We have nothing to lose, everything to gain. So let’s play this football to the end of the season and see where it takes us. Nothing is finished yet.

“You never know what might happen.”

Bodvarsson got his second goal for Wanderers with his strike against the Gills, a tidy finish with the outside of his boot.

It was no more than the Iceland international deserved for his performance at Priestfield, helping to lead and defend from the front along with Dapo Afolayan and Dion Charles.

Bodvarsson was grateful to find the back of the net and celebrate in front of more than 800 traveling Wanderers fans, for whom he is grateful to for helping to make him feel at home at Bolton since the very start since his January transfer window move from Millwall .

He said: “I think in today’s game you have to be prepared to defend too, you can’t be too lazy.

“The way the gaffer wants us to play, the attacking players are the first defenders and they have to be aggressive, keep pressing opponents constantly.

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“Dion has been brilliant, so has Dapo, they are really high energy players and it is a style of play that really fits me.

“I was looking at the clock and thinking ‘please, I need to score here’. It was an open game and I fancied myself. It was good to get my second goal and Marlon (Fossey) did really well for me, it was a good team effort.

“It was a much better performance than MK Dons the other day. We just needed to regroup and play our style, be aggressive, high press, and I think it worked out really well.

“At half time we were just told to keep going. We were getting some really good chances, we just didn’t convert them. That was the only thing missing.

“We needed the second goal and got it, fortunately, so then it was just a case of keeping playing and trying to get more.

“We played good football and we have clear identity. We need to stick with it to the end of the season.

“Since day one the fans have been brilliant and I have really felt at home at Bolton. When you feel good at a certain place, you play good, and that is how I have been feeling since I came here.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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