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Three Is The Magic Number

Marquis completes a good week in front of goal

11 January 2020

John Marquis celebrates scoring for Pompey against AFC Wimbledon
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Three games, three competitions, three victories and three goals.

It has certainly been a productive week for John Marquis, who has showed the poaching prowess that earned him a move to Fratton Park last summer.

He found the target to help Pompey progress in both the FA Cup and Trophy at Fleetwood and Walsall respectively.

And the striker then came off the bench to provide the crucial header in a 2-1 league victory over AFC Wimbledon.

Marquis said: “It’s a good record and I do judge myself on scoring. We all started the season a bit slowly – me included.

“We’ve been finding out how to win games more regularly and get the best out of the attacking players in our squad.

"It ends a good week, having progressed in two cup competitions and now enjoyed a really important league victory."

John Marquis

“I’m trying to learn that number 10 role as best I can, so I can really have an influence on the team and contribute goals and assists.

“It ends a good week, having progressed in two cup competitions and now enjoyed a really important league victory.

“We were caught cold a bit after the break and looked unsettled, but the gaffer made some changes and we dug in to get the result.

“I was told to go on, try to find some space and get into the box to provide a bit more support for Ellis.

“Thankfully I did that and was able to get on the end of Ronan’s cross – he put great pace on the ball and I just had to get enough on it to send it past the keeper.

“You can overthink things when you have that much time and space, but the two goals earlier in the week helped my confidence.

“AFC Wimbledon came into the game a bit more in the second half, but we were able to score the winner.

“They had a man sent off, which helped us to see things out, and we could have got another goal on the break.”

Marquis started those aforementioned cup contests, but has had to be content with a place among the substitutes for recent league fixtures.

He said: “I felt I was a bit unlucky to lose my place after the Accrington game, but we won the next two and I found myself on the bench.

“All I can do is show what I’m capable of whenever I’m on the pitch, as well as having the right attitude in training.”

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