Jon Dadi Bodvarsson’s ‘relief’ at Bolton fresh start as ‘weight off shoulders’ after Millwall



Jon Dadi Bodvarsson admits it was a massive relief to get up and running on the goals front for Bolton Wanderers as he believes he is having a ‘fresh start’ after his move from Millwall.

The Iceland international made the move from the Den in January after playing just once for the Lions in the first half of this season.

He has been a hit so far at Wanderers since his move to the University of Bolton Stadium, playing 11 times and scoring twice so far for his new club.

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Bodvarsson has scored twice in his last four games, three of which have been appearances since the start.

And the striker believes he is more relaxed now after his move from Millwall in his fresh start and believes a ‘massive weight’ has been lifted off his shoulders since his transfer to Wanderers.

He said: “As soon as I got that first goal it was a massive relief. I’d been at Millwall for such a long time and it hadn’t happened for me.

“But since I came to Bolton it felt like a massive weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I felt myself again. And when you are feeling that way you don’t over-think things too much, I am just doing what comes naturally and the confidence is there.

“We are playing some really good football, which fits me as well, so my long-term goal is now finishing this season as well as possible but then getting ready for next season.

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“As soon as I heard there was interest from Bolton I was so excited. It was a fresh start for me at a club of that stature. Now I feel like things are clicking for me and I feel great.”

Bodvarsson is capable of playing different styles and adds something extra to Wanderers, being capable of a physical and direct nature, as well as the possession-based and attractive way that has become a hallmark of Ian Evatt’s team.

The striker has experience of the former with Millwall and his national team, although this has developed and changed of late.

But Bodvarsson hopes Bolton now have the weapons in their armor to combat direct teams ahead of the test this evening against Morecambe.

He said: “Personally, if I had to choose, I would pick our style of play – possession-based, attractive football. But I have experience of playing different ways. With the national team our identity was physical and direct and defensive, even though that is changing a little now.

“Maybe that experience is helping me, or the team, but if I had to choose I’d always pick the way we play here.

“I remember the game against Burton, it was a prime example. They were playing for set pieces, long throws, and it was very frustrating because I knew we were better than that.

Against Gillingham we focused really well on marking the players, the small things that are so important and hopefully that can keep going.

“A lot of the teams in League One are physical, quite direct, and maybe that has been a bit of a problem for us this season, results-wise.

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“But I think we did well against Gillingham and felt we were really focussed on those small details, the set pieces, everyone was at it, and that is what you need to do against that sort of team.”




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

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