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Marquis: Everyone Stepped Up

Goal hero praises team display at Sunderland

24 October 2020

John Marquis celebrates scoring for Pompey at Sunderland
Photo: Daniel Chesteton

Two games on the road and two victories – it has been quite a successful week for Pompey.

And John Marquis in particular deserves plenty of plaudits, following up his goal at Gillingham with a brace in a 3-1 win over previously unbeaten Sunderland.

The visitors were on top for much of the contest on a rainy Wearside, with Marcus Harness also finding the target.

And Marquis was delighted with their overall display against a side who are one of the favourites for League One promotion.

The striker said: “We had a game-plan and knew where Sunderland’s strengths would lie. We wanted to stick with what we’ve been doing and not change for them.

“Some sides will comes to the Stadium of Light and look to nullify them, but we kept with that we’re good at.

“We knew we would find spaces on the break and when we win the ball back high, which is where our first two goals came from.

"We wanted to stick with what we’ve been doing and not change for them."

John Marquis

“Then it was a really great run from Willo (Ryan Williams) to win the penalty that sealed the win for us right at the end.

“We had started a bit slow in the second half, but the back four and Craig defended our area really well.

“Everyone stepped up and that’s the main thing when you come to tough places like this – whether there are any fans in or not.”

Marquis is revelling in his role alongside Marcus Harness up front, making the most of a recent return to the starting line-up.

He said: “I’m happy to get two goals and all-in-all it was a good performance, although there could have been more.

“You’re not going to get promoted with 11 players and you need the whole squad prepared. I had to be ready and when Ellis unfortunately got injured, I wanted to make the most of my opportunity.

“It’s been a tough week, but we’ve got six points from these two games and, personally, it’s going to help my confidence. Hopefully the goals will continue.”

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