Millwall striker relieved to get first goals in almost a year – and is determined to add more

JON Dadi Bodvarsson admitted it was as relief to get off the goal mark for Millwall – after a “nightmare” with injuries last season at Reading.

Bodvarsson scored twice in the second road of the EFL Cup at Oxford on Tuesday, but hit the bar with his spot-kick as Millwall lost 4-2 on penalties.

They were his first goals since he hit two for Reading at Brentford in the Championship last September. His season finished last February through injury.

“Yeah, it is good to get off the mark. It is good for confidence and going forward this season,” Bodvarsson said.

“That’s a big positive but we wanted to win the game – it is what it is.

“Of course I think it does [weigh on your mind] for everyone. You want to get an early goal, an early start, when you are a striker. Fortunately it happened [Tuesday]. It’s a good stepping stone moving forward. The plan is to get even more and help the team even more.”

Bodarsson went within the width of the post of completing his hat-trick at The Kassam Stadium.

“I was confident with that chance but it just wasn’t meant to be,” he said. “The positive thing is I’m getting those chances – obviously I have to put most of them away. I could have scored, on a good day, four goals. Two goals is okay but I wanted to score more.

“We have a lot of attacking players to choose from. The gaffer has been mixing it a lot in the games and it has been working so far. Whoever I’m playing with, it doesn’t matter – I’ll just play to my strengths and hopefully help the other guy as well.

The striker was close to completing a hat-trick on a couple of occasions

“I feel 100 per cent now. When I played against West Brom in the cup I was a bit rusty because I hadn’t played 90 minutes in probably six months. That was a big plus to get that in the body. [Tuesday] I felt more fresh, sharp and at it.

“Last season was a nightmare of an injury season. I had a lot of little niggles which were preventing me to get a run of games. A lot of struggle with my calves. I was always chasing it last season and never got on a roll.

“Now I feel good. I don’t feel any pain or any niggles. Hopefully it will stay like that.”

Lions boss Neil Harris has paired Matt Smith and Aiden O’Brien up front together in Millwall’s first two home games of the season, 1-0 wins over Preston and Sheffield Wednesday.

Bodvarsson feels he has given his manager more to think about before he picks his team to play Hull at The Den on Saturday.

“That’s a positive headache for him. Whether I start or I’m on the bench I will always be ready to try and help the team as best as I can.”

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John Kelly