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9 August 2016

Striker says a win over Forest could give Rovers more than just a round 2 tie!

John Marquis believes that tonight’s game against Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup First Round could do wonders for confidence.

The striker, who impressed in the weekend’s loss to Accrington, was hoping for a good result or performance or hopefully both!

“With a Championship side with a lot of history coming here it’ll be a good test for us but we’ve played against Middlesbrough and Newcastle in pre season and we definitely didn’t embarrass ourselves,” said Marquis.

“We’ll go out to win, we want a cup run. The league is our priority but if we can get through and play some good football then that’s what we’ll do as we need to get the winning mentality back in to the football club.

“I think between us as players and the staff, we’re confident within ourselves that if we keep playing how we believe is the right way, then we will get the results - it’s a long season with a lot of games. 

“Just because we’re one game in and we’ve lost doesn’t mean anything – nothing was won or lost. Come May we need to make sure we’re in the top three and a win against a strong side would get everyone’s confidence back up and give belief to ourselves and the supporters that we are going to be challenging at the top end of the table.”

Marquis reserved praise for strike partner Andy Williams who, despite a missed penalty against Stanley, persevered and got his season underway with a goal.

“He works hard, he’s a team player quite like me and I think between us hopefully there will be quite a few goals between us at the right end,” Marquis continued.

“I’m really enjoying it, it’s still early days but its nice to have played on Saturday, get some minutes under my belt again and I feel like I’m learning new things under the manager and coaching staff which will hopefully improve my game.

“We’re disappointed with the (Accrington) result but there was a lot to take from it. A point in the first game of the season wouldn’t have been a bad result but the way the game was going maybe we went a little gung-ho but that’s because we felt that it was there and they were there for the taking to be honest but we need to make sure that when we are were organised defensively at the same time so we don’t get hit on the break like we did with goals on Saturday.”

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