Goal hero John Marquis rewarded with Portsmouth start against Fleetwood

Semi-final hero John Marquis is recalled to Pompey’s side against Fleetwood.

Saturday, 22nd February 2020, 2:04 pm
Updated Saturday, 22nd February 2020, 2:12 pm
John Marquis (left) has been recalled to Pompey's side following his Exeter heroics. Picture: Barry Zee

The striker has netted in each of his last two substitute appearances, including Tuesday’s dramatic 3-2 Leasing.com Trophy success over Exeter.

That contribution earns a return to Kenny Jackett’s starting XI for this afternoon’s Highbury Stadium encounter.

Marquis is one of two changes for the Blues, with James Bolton restored at right-back.

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They replace Ben Close and Ross McCorie from the side which beat the Grecians in that pulsating finale, the pair dropping to the bench.

Ellis Harrison is fit following a dead leg, but Andy Cannon remains sidelined.

Elsewhere, Brandon Haunstrup comes in for Lee Brown among the substitutes, while there is no room in the squad for Gareth Evans.

Pompey: Bass, Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Seddon, Naylor, McGeehan, Harness, Marquis, Curtis, Harrison.

Subs: MacGillivray, McCrorie, Whatmough, Haunstrup, Close, Williams, Hawkins.