Marquis intent on adding goals to work-rate

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John Marquis insists his work-rate will never drop, even if things are not going his way in front of goal.

The on-loan striker has scored twice in five appearances but admits he has not been entirely happy with his form since arriving at Fratton Park.

John Marquis. Picture: Joe Pepler

John Marquis. Picture: Joe Pepler

While it’s understandable that it will take time to rediscover his sharpness after so little first-team football in recent times, Marquis has shown he is a willing runner for the team and believes there is plenty more to come from him.

Marquis explained: ‘I’ve been reasonably happy.

‘In my first home game against Rochdale, I could have had three goals and by my own standards I should have had three goals. But I ended up with none.

‘At least I was in the right positions, I guess, but my sharpness will come.

‘The boys are messing around saying a hat-trick will come along, so hopefully a couple of goals flying in are due, fingers crossed.

‘There is definitely more to come from me.

‘I feel like I will continue to get chances and score goals.

‘It’s okay to get two goals in four starts. I didn’t play my best in the past two games but you can’t play really well every game.

‘But one of the bits of advice I was told was if it’s not working for you with the ball, then at least have a run around, try your hardest and work your socks off.

‘There is no excuse for not running or not trying.’

While some players are less critical of their own displays, the 21-year-old admits he is very analytical of his own performances.

He said: ‘It’s about what I expected, I guess.

‘When you first come in somewhere, you are energetic and you really want to do well.

‘But maybe I am a bit critical because I have got high standards.

‘Whether I have been good, bad or average, I will always look back on a game and know there are a lot of things I can improve on.

‘It’s about wanting to do well personally and as a team.

‘I analyse my performances quite a lot.

‘If you make a mistake or you haven’t played well, you’ve got to hold your hands up.

‘That’s life. You can’t play well every game – even the top players don’t.

‘It can be down to conditions or it just doesn’t click on the day for some reason.’

Marquis, however, has history on his side as Pompey travel to Torquay tomorrow.

He smiled: ‘I’ve actually been to Torquay once, although I don’t know much about their team.

‘I played there in the FA Youth Cup, we won 3-1 and I scored.

‘Hopefully it will be the same this weekend.

‘It was a header near the end of the game but then we were stranded on the way home in snow. It didn’t matter quite so much when you’ve won.’

STEVE WILSON