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Bodvarsson: Defeat Won't Define Us

Striker looks to Whites to bounce back after impressive first start

16 February 2022

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson insists a first defeat in eight games should not detract from Wanderers’ recent run as they look to get over their Burton blip.

A 3-1 defeat at Burton Albion halted Wanderers’ climb towards the play-off places as Ian Evatt’s men were unable to recover from an early three-goal burst from the Brewers.

But Bodvarsson – whose full debut was one of the high spots of a testing night at the Pirelli Stadium – believes the loss must be kept in perspective after a run of six wins in seven games had hauled the Whites to within eight points of the top six.

“In the first half it was six or seven minutes of set-pieces and chaotic things that happened,” said the Iceland international, who was handed his first start by Evatt since his January arrival from Millwall.

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“That’s what killed us in the game. The second half was a bit better but it wasn’t enough.

“If we had scored maybe earlier in the second half as well it could have changed the game a bit but we just couldn’t.

“Credit to Burton, they did what they’re good at.

“These things happen. It’s a crazy league. Football in England is crazy. You can be on a massive roll and everything’s going your way and then all of a sudden you get smacked in the face like today.

“I just think it’s really important for the lads and everyone around the club not to panic or let this define us.

“It’s far from it. Thankfully, Saturday is not far off now and a home game as well so it will be good to, hopefully, bring a much better performance.

“We’re still on a good roll and we just need to stick to things we’re good at and keep going.”

Wanderers face AFC Wimbledon on Saturday in the first of a home double-header with Lincoln City to follow next Tuesday night.

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The Whites will be looking to bounce back by extending their four-game winning streak at the University of Bolton Stadium.

And Bodvarsson will be bidding to build on his impressive start to life at Wanderers after building up his match fitness to play his first full game.

“I am a man who thinks about the positives,” added the striker, whose flick-on was superbly lifted home by Dion Charles to give Wanderers their late goal at Burton.

“It’s good to get the minutes and get the 90 minutes in the tank. It’s been a long time and I think it’s really good for me.

“It’s been brilliant so far since I came here. The fans have been brilliant and the first impression of the club has been really good.

“It’s really ambitious with lots of young, hungry players. So it’s a really good environment to be in and hopefully there’s plenty to come - more positives.”

To watch Jon’s full post-match interview, click HERE


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