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"A disappointing point, but something to build up from" - Jón Daði

Striker pleased with brace but 'gutted' with Blackburn draw

23 August 2018

Jón Daði Böðvarsson says the Royals are 'gutted' after being pegged back from a two-goal lead at Ewood Park on Wednesday night.

The Iceland striker scored twice in the opening 25 minutes to put Reading two goals to the good against Blackburn, chipping goalkeeper David Raya and following up an effort from Leandro Bacuna to poach a second.

Two penalties from Charlie Mulgrew gave Rovers a level footing in the game in the second half, with both sides pushing for a winner late on.

While the Royals are now on the board in the Championship table, Böðvarsson takes little solace when one point could, and perhaps should, have been three.

"I'm gutted, the team is gutted and everyone around Reading is gutted," the forward said.

"Football is cruel, I don't think they deserved this point, to be honest. But you can't make excuses, it is what it is.

"On the positive side, we got a point - even though it was a disappointing one - it's something to build up from."

His brace, along with a header against Derby, takes Böðvarsson's tally to three goals in as many starts - and he is enjoying the level of service he is receiving from the team so far this season.

"That's the best thing you could want as a striker - getting goals early on and being consistent with it," he explained. 

"I'm getting more chances now and it's up to me to take them, fortunately I scored these two goals today and I'm just going to keep going - hopefully more to come!"

With Blackburn flying out of the blocks in the second half, Böðvarsson says their direct approach paid dividends in the end, forcing their two penalties to level the match at Ewood Park.

"In the second half they changed their gameplan I think, they threw in more long balls from the first second of the second half.

"It was just proper English power play and it was tough to play against. We tried to manage the game as best we could, we were just unlucky with the penalties.

"They didn't really create much to be fair, they just got those penalties and it's those small details that killed it.

"It's in those times that you need to be mentally strong and be positive."

The Royals are back in action on Saturday, as they head to Villa Park to take on Steve Bruce's Aston Villa side.


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