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Marquis ready to go

2 December 2016

John Marquis says confidence is high among the Rovers players ahead of the trip to Stevenage.

Rovers head to the Lamex Stadium knowing a win would send them to the top of Sky Bet League Two.

Marquis says the squad is upbeat after a maximum haul of nine points from November’s three league outings – but warned high standards must be maintained to keep in the promotion mix.

The 24-year-old said: “We’ve started well as a team and have put ourselves in a good position. To have a game in hand and to know that if we win on Saturday we go top of the league coming up to the half way point is good, but there are still a lot of games and a lot of points up for grabs.

“We need to make sure our performances continue to be as good as they have been in the past two or three games. 

“We’ve always  been quietly confident that we’ve got a good squad of players, we’ve got a very good manager and staff and we’re  a big football club for this division. So far it’s going to plan, last week was probably our best performance in terms of us controlling pretty much the whole game. It’s something we can look to build on.

“If we go 1-0 down like we did against Orient, we carry on playing in what we believe is the right philosophy. We’ve got a good mixture throughout the whole squad of experience and even the young players have played quite a few games.”

Marquis has quickly become a fans favourite since his summer move to the Keepmoat Stadium, notching 10 goals.

He relishes the physical side of the game, something he says was instilled to him as he came through the ranks at Millwall.

He said: “The way I am and the way I play, a lot of our supporters like me, but I’m sure a lot of other team’s supporters won’t! I like to wind people up and enjoy the physical battle with my opponents. 

“At the end of the game we’ll shake hands and I’ll wish them all the best, I prefer being in a battle rather than being in a game where you can ease by. 

“Playing for Millwall you’re brought up in the area and knowing what it takes to play for that football club. You can’t pull out of a tackle or a header - it’s almost seen as weak and you didn’t want to come across that way to the supporters or your manager. 

“I haven’t set any targets because I’ve never really had this many goals before. I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. My aim was to get into the team and back myself, but I believe at this level I will continue to score goals.”

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