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Marquis bags another brace at Lincoln

3 November 2020

John Marquis celebrates scoring for Pompey at Lincoln
Photo: Daniel Chesterton

John Marquis is the third tier’s current top scorer, having already found the net on seven occasions this season.

But the astonishing fact is that the striker had yet to get off the mark in the league until two weeks ago.

Since netting Gillingham in late October, he has been on fire in front of goal, with three braces bagged in his past four appearances.

The latest of those came at Lincoln, with Ronan Curtis also hitting the target in a convincing 3-1 victory.

Marquis said: “I haven’t done anything differently and when I was out of the team recently, I was working hard to try to get back.

“There were a lot of minutes being put in down at the training ground and also in the gym to make sure I was ready.

“The change of formation has helped me a bit, as has the fact that all the other forward players are also brimming with confidence.

"I’m scoring the goals at the moment and that’s what people tend to look out for, but as a team we’re doing really well."

John Marquis

“That rubs off on the whole team and the back four and keeper were also immense – there’s nobody who didn’t put a real shift in.

“I’m scoring the goals at the moment and that’s what people tend to look out for, but as a team we’re doing really well.

“The important thing is that we’re winning games and if I can chip in by scoring a few, then I’m obviously happy.”

Pompey created a hatful of chances at Sincil Bank and could have won the contest by an even greater margin.

Marquis said: “All in all it was a great team performance and we reacted brilliantly to a frustrating result against Charlton.

“Lincoln have been going really well this season and even though they had young players, they have a lot of ability.

“Jorge Grant is probably one of the best midfielders in this division and we knew their dangers, but just had to stick to our plans.

“We believe that, on our day, we’re as good as any team in the league, so we’re just looking to be consistent.

“We’ve won six of our last eight league games and are turning those draws from earlier in the season into victories.”

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