Marksman: I’ll fire Pompey up league

John Marquis celebrates his goal at Oxford Picture: Joe Pepler
John Marquis celebrates his goal at Oxford Picture: Joe Pepler
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John Marquis has backed himself to fire Pompey up League Two.

The on-loan Millwall striker believes he can provide more of the cutting edge the Blues have been showing this season.

The 21-year-old has bagged two goals in his first three appearances – before today’s trip to Plymouth.

But Marquis drew a blank against Rochdale last weekend and could have had a hat-trick on another day.

There were further opportunities in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win at Oxford on Tuesday night before the front man headed home the decisive goal.

Marquis is confident he will continue to carve out chances and deliver a decent conversion rate.

He said: ‘I think the chances will keep coming.

‘As time goes by – and I get a bit sharper and a bit fitter – I feel the chances will go in more and more.

‘If you keep going you get your just rewards.

‘I’d be more worried if I wasn’t getting into positions.

‘By my own standards I should have had a couple of goals against Rochdale.

‘There was a half-chance Tuesday and the keeper made a good save before I scored.

‘But defenders make mistakes at this level. I feel chances will come.’

Marquis found himself leading the line on his own at Oxford.

‘That was before Pompey introduced substitute Patrick Agyemang and went with two up top – a partnership Marquis revelled in.

He said: ‘The formation we played we haven’t really used before.

‘It probably only needed tweaking to make it work.

But the manager wanted to make changes sooner rather than later and it worked when Pat came on. We worked well.’