Goal-Getter Jon Sets Sights On Wembley

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson is hoping to get another taste of Wembley after grabbing the goal that put Wanderers just one step away from the national stadium.

Bodvarsson’s previous Wembley experience ended in a 4-0 Nations League defeat to England with Iceland in November, 2020.

That was a tough night but thanks to his winner against Portsmouth in the quarter-finals of the Papa Johns Trophy, the Wanderers’ frontman is able to contemplate an eagerly-wanted return with the Whites.

“It’s always great to be on the scoresheet and help the team out,” said Bodvarsson after his first-half goal was enough to give Ian Evatt's men a 1-0 win and book their place in the semi-final draw.

“It’s job done for now. We’re through to the semis. We want to go all the way to Wembley.

“It’s very close now and we want to play at Wembley. We’re going to do our best to be there.

“I’ve seen many games at Wembley. It’s the mecca of all stadiums in England and you want to be playing there.

“It’s a very attractive stage to be at so naturally I think for everyone at the club we want to be there.”

Bodvarsson benefitted from excellent work from Dion Charles to coolly tuck away his third goal of the Whites’ run to the last four of the Trophy, where they will be paired against Plymouth Argyle, Cheltenham Town or Accrington Stanley when the draw is made on Saturday afternoon.

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The striker – recently recovered from surgery on a broken nose – has eight goals in all competitions from just a dozen starts and 14 appearances from the bench.

And he is looking forward to continuing a fruitful partnership with Charles and adding to his tally as Evatt’s side continues its double-pronged challenge with a return visit of Portsmouth in League One on Saturday.

“We’re linking up well together. We’re feeling good. Confidence-wise I’m feeling good, him as well, and we’re playing good football at the moment,” Bodvarsson added.

“It’s been a bit of a hit-and-miss season for me in terms of the injuries and illness and stuff, so I feel good now physically and mentally and it felt good to score the goal.

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“It’s been a bit frustrating. I have high standards and want to score more goals.

“When you’re injured you can’t do anything about that, so I want to finish the season as strong as possible.

“I’m still happy, though. Hopefully I’ll stay fit now and healthy and get on a bit of a run now.

“I want to the team to get as high up the table as well. I believe we have the qualities. It’s all about consistency now and we’ll see where we are in April/May.

“We need all the points we can get. It’s a tight situation in the top six and we need to be consistent.

“This game is finished now and it’s full-on focus on the next game in the league.”

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