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Marquis Sets Goal Target

Striker opens his account for the season at Stevenage

29 August 2020

John Marquis scores a penalty for Pompey at Stevenage
Photo: Jason Brown

He was Pompey’s top scorer last season with 14 strikes.

But now John Marquis wants to make sure he breaks the 20-goal barrier during the 2020/21 campaign.

The striker got off to a good start by netting on the opening day – which saw Pompey progress in the Carabao Cup at Stevenage.

He grabbed their equaliser as six goals were shared during the 90 minutes of play, before converting from the spot in a 3-1 shoot-out triumph.

And after taking time to find his feet on the south coast last summer, Marquis is hoping to hit the ground running.

He said: “It took a while for me – and the team – to get up-and-running before going on a really nice run.

“I know what my best position is and where I can be most effective, but if I have to play somewhere else to help the team, then I’ll do that.

"I say 20 every season – you always want to look at one in two as a striker. That’s a realistic goal for me."

John Marquis

“Obviously, I want to beat my goal tally for last season and there are targets I want to hit, so it’s nice to get off the mark in the first game.

“I say 20 every season – you always want to look at one in two as a striker. That’s a realistic goal for me.

“Hopefully I can fit the style of the team more and the other players can know how to play to my strengths better.”

Pompey found themselves two goals down after just 10 minutes at Broadhall Way before mounting a recovery.

Marquis said: “We knew it would be tough because Stevenage have got decent players who can pose plenty of threats.

“There was a good ball for their first and Raggs heard a shout of ‘see it out’, while the second was a mix-up and the third was scrappy one from a set-piece.

“We didn’t start well, but the goal before half-time helped us, we levelled after the break and could have won it in normal time.

“Craig MacGillivray saved three penalties in the shoot-out and the standard of our ones were very good, so we’re pleased with the win.

“It was good build-up play for my goal and some really fluid passing, while it was a nice finish from Ronan and Gaz took his penalty well.”

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