John Marquis was the second-highest goalscorer in League One while at Doncaster Rovers last season, as per Transfermarkt, so when he signed for Portsmouth this summer, the main thing expected of him was goals.
‘My goalscoring record has been good over the past three-and-a-half to four seasons”, he said upon his return to Hampshire after spending part of the 2013/14 campaign on loan there.
‘I know playing in this team there will continue to be chances like there was at Doncaster.
‘I know if I’m in the right areas I back myself to take them. That’s what I’m here to do.
Last season’s lethal third-top scorer in League One may have got off to a quiet start at Fratton Park in front of goal, but he has begun to show the finishing prowess that persuaded Pompey to bring him to the club in the first place.
His first three games in a Pompey shirt totalled 225 minutes, but he only managed one shot on target during that time, as per SofaScored – highlighting that he was struggling to get into situations where he could get himself on the scoresheet.
The draw against Coventry City, who finished the game with nine men, may have been disappointing, but one positive that was taken away from that game was that Marquis scored his first goal for the club in his fourth game.
He got it by bundling the ball into the net at the back post, as shown in the highlights video on Portsmouth’s YouTube channel.
The 27-year-old then went and got his second goal in as many games in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup win against Queens Park Rangers, when he won and converted a penalty.
What highlights how clinical he was in those games is that he scored the two goals from just three shots on target.
This is encouraging and highlights that if Pompey are able to get Marquis in good situations in front of goal with greater regularity, he will continue to get the goals. With a first South Coast derby in seven years on the horizon, this can be considered good news.
Manager Kenny Jackett has said that Pompey have nothing to lose against their bitter rivals ahead of their cup meeting this month, so if they take that attitude and attack the Saints when they visit Fratton Park, they do seem to have someone who can convert chances.
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