What Marcus Harness is striving for during the business end of Portsmouth's promotion push

Marcus Harness stressed the importance of keeping up his final-third impact for Pompey.

Saturday, 22nd February 2020, 8:00 am
Updated Saturday, 22nd February 2020, 3:43 pm

The winger has started the Blues’ past two games, registering an assist in the League One victory over Shrewsbury, before scoring in the dramatic 3-2 EFL semi-final defeat of Exeter City.

Ahead of the game against Fleetwodd, it moved his tally to seven goals and eight assists following his summer arrival from Burton.

Harness has been in a battle with Ryan Williams for a regular berth on the right flank.

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The Coventry-born ace accepts he’s not going to be operating at the peak of his powers throughout every game.

But when crucial moments do arise, he knows they must be taken.

‘I obviously need a run of games to get back into the flow of things,’ said Harness.

‘I just try to affect the game when I play. I’m obviously not the finished article and I’m not going to be a 10/10 every game.

Marcus Harness celebrates his Exeter goal with Ronan Curtis. Picture: Joe Pepler

‘There are going to be ups and downs but I will keep trying the right things and hopefully, over the long run, it will go for me.

‘Wingers are high-risk, high-reward. There are periods in the game when it might not go for you for a long time.

‘Then there are three or four moments when you have got to make it count and create goals.

‘Thankfully, against Shrewsbury I got an assist and against Exeter I scored a goal.

‘Hopefully, I can keep that going. Even if I haven't been at the level that I want to be at sometimes, as long as I can keep providing those moments and keep playing.’