Bodvarsson | To Do It For This Club Is Special

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson match ball

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson was delighted to claim a first hat-trick for Wanderers as he left the Toughsheet Community Stadium with the match ball.

Bodvarsson repeated the FA Cup treble he scored for Reading five years ago as Wanderers brushed past Harrogate Town to reach the third round.

The Iceland international – one of seven players brought into the side by manager Ian Evatt – netted three times in the opening 43 minutes to take his tally for the season to six.

And with strike partner Dan Nlundulu also making the most of his starting chance with two more goals after the break, the Whites wrapped up a 5-1 win to go into the hat for Sunday’s draw alongside the Premier League and Championship clubs.

Bodvarsson second goal Harrogate

“You don't score a hat trick every day so it's a nice feeling,” said Bodvarsson.

“You don't do it that often in your career and to do it for this club is special as well. I'm just happy to be on the score sheet again and happy with the win as well.

“Dan was excellent today. He did really well. He held the ball up well for me and obviously the second goal was an incredibly good run from him and put it on a plate for me. We found each other well today and I'm really happy for him as well.

“It's a team game. Everyone wants to play every minute and more games - the lads on the bench and even the lads who are not in the squad sometimes. But the team morale is the same, everyone is in it together.

“The big picture is succeeding in the league first and foremost and if we can go on a good cup run as well, that will be brilliant.”

Bodvarsson fist pump celebration Harrogate

Wanderers gave themselves the chance to progress further in the FA Cup with a fifth successive home victory and 12th win in their last 14 games in all competitions.

But despite continuing their hot streak, Evatt and his players felt they could have been even more convincing against the League Two side.

“We had a conversation in the dressing room and in a weird way everyone wanted to do even better, which says a lot about the standard of the team coming from the manager and the culture of the club,” added Bodvarsson.

“Even though it's a 5-1 win we wanted to do more and even better. We were kind of almost dissatisfied. Not too negative or anything, but we just have high standards and that just speaks volumes for where we're at at the moment.

“But overall it's quite good and we’re really happy we’re through to the next round.”

Images: Paul Currie and Jake Horrocks

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