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Böðvarsson: "The confidence was always there"

Striker says Royals are taking each game as it comes...

9 December 2017

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Jón Daði Böðvarsson says the Royals are keeping the focus on themselves as they welcome high-flying Cardiff City to Madejski Stadium on Monday night.


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The Iceland international scored his third goal in a Reading shirt in the Royals' last home game, against Barnsley a fortnight ago, and he hopes to add to that tally against Cardiff.

With the Royals appearing to be in the ascendancy in recent weeks, Böðvarsson explained that the closeness of the Championship table can lead to artificial highs and lows in the standings.

"The Championship is a weird league – you can lose one and drop low, and you can win one and climb high," he said.

"It’s dangerous to look too much at the table – it’s one game at a time, and next for us is Cardiff.  Three points there would help us build."

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Neil Warnock's side sat in second place in the table prior to the weekend's fixtures, and they have gained a reputation this season for grinding out victories and absorbing plenty of pressure.

"Cardiff are doing great – they’re a grinding team that are getting results. 

"They are playing well and they are second in the league… it’ll be a huge game. You want to play those games against the good teams, and we’re going for the win on our home ground.

"It’s all about confidence – we’ve won two in a row now, and even though we didn’t get the points in the other games, we still believed in ourselves and in what we could do, and the confidence was always there.

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"We just have to build on that now and hopefully get a few more, and get higher up in the table."

On a personal level, with World Cup qualification secured with his country for the first time in their history, Böðvarsson says his main priority for now is with his club.

"Priority number one for me is to improve as a player and do well with Reading," he added.

"We have huge games coming up and a big one with Cardiff.  It’s a good team, and it’ll be a tough game.

"But we always focus on ourselves and our own strengths, so we’ll go into the game fighting for it."

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