Portsmouth will have been very frustrated to come away from Bristol Rovers with a draw, having put themselves 2-0 up in the 70th minute.
Despite the disappointment of conceding twice late on, there can be encouragement taken from the fact they scored twice – having got one in their last three games, as per Transfermarkt – and John Marquis played a big part in this, even though he didn’t get on the scoresheet himself.
The 27-year-old made a nuisance of himself throughout the game and that played an important part in Pompey getting the opener.
With the ball having been played towards the back post, Marquis managed to spin behind at the back post, but just before he could make the header, Luke Leahy pushed him, conceding the penalty that Gareth Evans scored, as shown in the highlights video on the Portsmouth FC YouTube channel.
He then assisted the second, playing in a pinpoint cross for Ronan Curtis to head in at the back post, giving the goalkeeper no chance.
The striker also showed a commendable work rate, as he made three tackles and one clearance during the game, as per WhoScored.
This game did nothing for Marquis’ underwhelming tally of three goals in all competitions this season, but it has indicated that he can be a useful player for the team, even when he isn’t getting the ball into the back of the net.
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