Striker details messages Cowleys are rejuvenating Portsmouth squad with after Shrewsbury win

John Marquis revealed the messages which are breathing new confidence into Pompey’s season.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 6:00 am

And the striker has given an insight into the training ground messages from the Cowleys which are rejuvenating the Blues players.

Danny Cowley and his brother, Nicky, oversaw a 2-1 success over Shrewsbury to make it back-to-back wins and see their team climb back into the play-off places.

The win at New Meadow arrived after the new management team’s first full week of training, where they’ve made their mark on the players.

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Marquis believes the quality of their work and looking at what suits individual players has been a hallmark of their time in charge to date.

He said: ‘For everyone, we’re getting really good quality training into us.

‘We can look at what suits each player and what their strengths are.

John Marquis celebrates his goal on Saturday. (Photo by Daniel Chesterton/

‘We just need to play to our strengths and the manager says they just want to make football as simple as possible.

‘Sometimes it is just playing a five-yard pass, playing it back or waiting for the picture to change rather than just playing it forward quicker and me possibly winning it or possibly not winning it.’

Pompey now have period without a mid-week game for the Cowleys to get their message across ahead of Friday’s meeting with Rochdale.

Marquis noted that can only be beneficial in helping the team progress at the business end of the season, as he awaits the outcome of his appeal for Saturday’s red-card dismissal

He added: ‘We’ve now got a free week where we can put the hours in on the training pitch and work at a few things.

‘You can see the progress we’re making and there’s a lot of factors, but you can see from last week after one day working with us and then from the first 45 minutes against Shrewsbury after a full week.

‘Now we can have another good week and hopefully I can get some good news.’

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