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“Everybody was up for the battle!”

Jón Daði Böðvarsson on two goals and a win in Burton

31 January 2018

Grit and determination were needed at the Pirelli Stadium – as well as a bit of quality. Jón Daði Böðvarsson netted our first and last goals, while Chris Gunter netted to retake the lead after Lucas Akins had levelled from the penalty spot.

That show of character was an especially pleasing aspect of the performance for Böðvarsson, who took his tally to eight for the campaign.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve had that winning feeling, so obviously it’s a nice feeling for everybody in the club,” said the striker.  “It’s up to us to keep going – there’s a game on Saturday right away, and we’ll be going for three points there as well.

“Burton were a very physical side – we knew that.  We trusted that we had better quality football-wise, but if we knew that if we weren’t up for the battle then we shouldn’t be here.  I think everybody was up for the battle.

“The defence was really good – we were winning tough balls in the air, winning second balls… we matched the battle and that’s one of the reasons we got a good win.

“I thought the fans were unbelievable – there were a lot of fans there and they really were the twelfth man and gave me and the boys a lot of extra energy.  Big compliments to them, and hopefully we can deliver more for them.”

Another of the reasons was Jón Daði’s predatory instinct – latching onto good deliveries by Leandro Bacuna and Mo Barrow to steer two past Stephen Bywater!

“It’s nice to have good teammates around you to put the ball in front of you, and it’s up to me to be there at the right time and in the right place,” he continued.

“I just gambled and had that instinct in front of goal – I got two today, and hopefully more to come.

“I never really set targets for amount of goals to score – you can’t really control that.  But I always have that mindset that every game I go into, I have a belief that I will score and that we will win.  You have to have that positive mindset as a striker and as a footballer in general.

“I’m happy that it’s going well at the moment, but there’s a lot left of the season.  This is one game, and I’m going to keep on going.”

Back to action on Saturday!  Come and see the boys in action against Millwall at Madejski Stadium… click below for full information…


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