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Marquis wants more

5 December 2016

John Marquis reckons there is still room for improvement from Rovers.

The forward's decisive goal against Stevenage on Saturday sent Rovers to the top of the Sky Bet League Two table.

Darren Ferguson named an unchanged side from the game that saw Rovers come from behind to beat Leyton Orient by three goals to one. 

And he was rewarded with Rovers going top for the first time this season after edging out the Hertfordshire side 4-3.

Marquis, who has already notched 11 league goals so far in this campaign, insisted the team can still get better.

“Myself, the manager and a lot of the players in the changing room just want to improve, we here and we’re playing for a team that is top of League Two but to be honest none of us wants to play our whole career in League Two and I’m sure the manager doesn’t want to manage in League Two forever,” he said.

“We want to improve and we want to step up, we are always looking to improve and we’ve hit top spot but it means nothing, you do not get a medal in December, it matters in May.”

Rovers took the initiative in the first period which saw them take a 3-0 lead into the break, with goals from Andy Butler, Liam Mandeville and Matty Blair prompting chants of “we are top of the league” from the travelling support. 

Stevenage came back with a bite, though, and found themselves only one goal behind with 18 minutes left to play, before Marquis' towering header from a James Coppinger delivery.

“I had a few opportunities that I should have put away,” said Marquis. 

“I had a half chance where I lashed at it but, as a striker if you get in the right positions. especially as we are a good side going forward, whether it’s the first minute or the 90th you will always get a chance.

“11 goals is a good return from me so far, I just want to keep winning and scoring goals and I am very happy that we won again, it’s another three points towards our target.”

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