'Slap In The Face' The Spur For JDB

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson is ready to respond to a collective ‘slap in the face’ in an effort to bring back the smiles at Accrington.

Wanderers have endured frustrating 1-0 defeats in their last two away trips at Cheltenham Town and Forest Green Rovers.

And Bodvarsson believes the painful lessons learned there can help the Whites overcome a similar type test at Stanley.

“I’m looking at those two away games on a positive scale of things,” said the Wanderers’ striker.

“It’s important sometimes to get a bit of a slap in the face for the team.

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“This game against Accrington is not going to be any different. It’s going to be very hard.

“They are a tough team, as we all know, and hard to beat.

“It’s going to be a good challenge and everyone wants to get our away form going properly.”

Wanderers calmed the waters after their pointless week in Gloucestershire with a 0-0 draw at home to Barnsley last weekend as Ian Evatt’s men remained outside the top six only on goals scored.

The Whites saw their goalless sequence extend to three games with that result against the defensive-minded Tykes.

But Bodvarsson ended the barren run with the opener in Wanderers’ 3-0 Papa Johns Trophy win over Leeds United’s U21s on Tuesday night.

Amadou Bakayoko and Kieran Sadlier also got on the scoresheet in an entertaining victory that secured the Whites place in the knock-out rounds of the competition.

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And Bodvarsson wants to carry the momentum into Saturday’s trip to 16th-placed Stanley - who scored their first goals in three games with a 3-2 Trophy success against Liverpool’s youngsters - as Wanderers seek to get back into the play-off zone with a second away success of the season.

“It’s good for the team, not just the centre-forwards, but the team in general,” added the Iceland international.

“Especially if you’re going two or three games in a row where you haven’t scored a goal as a squad you don’t really like that feeling.

“The way we play, we want to be an attractive, attacking football team and when the goals aren’t there it’s frustrating.

“It was good to get those three goals in the cup for the confidence and that game was also a good test for the way we play.

“Hopefully we can take that momentum into the league.”

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