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Marquis: A Sickening Conclusion

Striker reacts to late Accrington drama

27 April 2021

John Marquis scores for Pompey at Accrington
Photo: Daniel Chesterton

In the space of a few seconds in the closing stages at Accrington, John Marquis experienced both ecstasy and agony.

The striker looked to have secured a precious three points for Pompey with an acrobatic stoppage-time finish.

That made the score 3-2 in the visitors’ favour, with goals from Marquis and Ryan Williams having earlier dragged them back on level terms from a 2-0 interval deficit.

But when Craig MacGillivray saved Cameron Burgess’ attempt moments later, the ball ricocheted off the Blues’ number nine and rebounded into the net.

He said: “I haven’t scored for a few games and thought I’d got the winner, but then there’s an own-goal I can do nothing about.

“It was a bit sickening for it to end like that and heart-breaking for everyone because we’ve worked so hard.

"We had to dig in at times and show desire and heart – that’s something to take into our remaining games."

John Marquis

“The first emotion is disappointment, although after the way we played in the first half, there was a lot of character after the break.

“There were some honest words spoken by the manager and Nicky and they were probably tough to take.

“He wanted a reaction and I think he got that. We kept plugging away at a well-drilled unit like Accrington – a place that’s always difficult to visit.

“After giving away two very poor goals and making it an uphill battle, we turned it round, but ultimately have to settle for a draw.

“We had to dig in at times and show desire and heart – that’s something to take into our remaining games.

“There are 180 minutes of football left for us this season and so we have to just keep going until the end.”

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