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Fratton End At Last

Marquis breaks a duck in victory over Shrewsbury

15 February 2020

John Marquis scores for Pompey against Shrewsbury
Photo: Jason Brown

John Marquis notched his 12th goal of the season for Pompey against Shrewsbury.

The striker came off the bench and was teed-up by Marcus Harness to wrap up a 2-0 victory, with Ellis Harrison having earlier broken the deadlock at a storm-battered Fratton Park.

Seven of his previous strikes had come on home soil, but this was the first to arrive at the Fratton End.

It was not exactly a concern for the 27-year-old, although he was happy to hit the net in front of his own supporters, rather than the visiting fans.

Marquis said: “It was an absolute banger because usually they’re from a yard out and this one must have been from at least 12 yards – it’s got to be in my top 10 ever scored!

“On a serious note, it’s lovely to get a goal there eventually and something that’s probably long overdue.

"It was an absolute banger because usually they’re from a yard out and this one must have been from at least 12 yards."

John Marquis

“It’s not something that I’ve thought or worried about too much – there haven’t been any sleepless nights.

“If I’d have ended up scoring all my goals at the other end, then it wouldn’t matter. The important thing is making a contribution for the team.

“I was pleased to come on when the game was at 0-0 and make a positive impact to help us get the win.”

Marquis was pleased to see Pompey grind down a stubborn Shrewsbury side after seeing their nine-match winning run ended at Coventry earlier in the week.

He said: “We wanted to bounce back after the defeat on Tuesday, so it was a really important result for us.

“It can be difficult to play against a 3-5-2 at times, so we needed to make sure it was more five at the back.

“That gave our full-backs time on the ball, but it was harder to break down and we tend to be a bit stronger going towards the Fratton End in the second half.

“We’ve come a really long way since the match against Shrewsbury back on the opening day of the season.

“Now we’ve got to make sure we keep winning our games and see where that takes us at the end of the season.”

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