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Harness: What A Relief

Forward marks 100th appearance with goal in thumping win over Sunderland

2 October 2021

Marcus Harness celebrates scoring for Pompey against Sunderland at Fratton Park
Photo: Jason Brown

It was a stylish way for Marcus Harness to mark his 100th appearance in a Pompey shirt.

The forward completed a fine team move to open the scoring in a 4-0 rout of Sunderland at Fratton Park.

John Marquis bagged a brace, while Lee Brown was also on target to humble the League One leaders.

And Harness was delighted that the Blues were able to end their spell of difficult form in stylish fashion.

He said: “It’s a big relief on the back of a tough run where we haven’t won for some time, even with some really good performances.

“We could have scored four or give goals on other occasions, so it’s nice to beat someone heavily and keep a clean sheet.

“Hopefully we can take a lot of confidence from this result and use it as a platform for our upcoming fixtures.

"We could have scored four or give goals on other occasions, so it’s nice to beat someone heavily and keep a clean sheet."

Marcus Harness

“We want to show how good a team we are and to play more like that than we did at Burton on Tuesday.

“It’s about focusing on the next game and making sure that we perform at a consistently high level to set us up for the rest of the season.”

The contest was played out in torrential rain, with the visitors trying to persuade referee Ben Toner to call things to an early conclusion.

Harness said: “The conditions were alright in the first half, although the ball was sticking in the corners a bit.

“But it was quite difficult after the break and Sunderland were trying to get on to the referee from very early.

“I’m happy we were able to see the game out because I was a bit worried at times, but we just got on with things and remained professional.”


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