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Marcus Says Relax

Winger felt opening goal was crucial for Pompey against Southend

5 November 2019

Marcus Harness celebrates scoring for Pompey against Southend
Photo: Robin Jones

Kenny Jackett had challenged his side to up their goal tally ahead of their latest League One test against Southend.

And they certainly responded, with Ellis Harrison’s brace and goals from John Marquis and Marcus Harness securing a 4-1 victory.

The latter came off the bench to wrap up an enjoyable evening on the south coast that saw the hosts leap up to 13th in the table.

Summer signing Harness felt a thumping win had been coming and believes it will be a big boost for the Blues.

He said: “It was a great all-round performance and John getting the first goal just before half-time was massive for us.

“That meant we could relax a bit more after the break and really start to show what we’re capable of as a team.

"Things have been looking better in the past few weeks and hopefully this result will give the boys added confidence."

Marcus Harness

“You’re going to be playing your best football when you feel comfortable and aren’t worrying about what’s going to happen.

“But it doesn’t matter who you face in this league – anyone can cause you problems if you don’t show them respect.

“So we went about things the right way and it was nice to score four goals in a game. We’ve always known we’re capable of that.

“Things have been looking better in the past few weeks and hopefully this result will give the boys added confidence going into upcoming matches.

“I’m always buzzing to score goals on a personal level, so it was nice to see the ball hit the back of the net.”

Harness had been an unused substitute for the previous two fixtures, but understands why he has had to wait for a opportunity.

The winger said: “Ronan and Ryan have done well and have been keeping me out, but all I can do is my best and try to provide competition.

“We’re all pushing each other and I’m eager to play – it’s just about taking those chances when they come along.”

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