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6 January 2017

Darren Ferguson was full of praise for John Marquis after his double sunk Portsmouth.

Marquis’ two goals came either side of a smart Tommy Rowe finish, and the Rovers manager was very pleased.

“Marquis was outstanding, as he has been all season. His goals were excellent and he made it a really long night for the centre halves,” said Ferguson.

“10 points out of 12 over the festive period is a fantastic return, and we’ve improved the home record as well which is proving to be crucial for us.”

Goalkeeper Ross Etheridge returned from a loan spell with Alfreton earlier on in the week, and was brought on with minutes remaining due to an injury to Marko Marosi. Ferguson felt he stood up to the task.

“He was outstanding, to come on in that situation is very difficult but he dealt with it well. They put a corner right on him and he was strong,” he said.

“He’s come back with a lot more confidence, he did really well when he came on.”

As Rovers made it 16 league games unbeaten at home, stretching back to the end of last season, the 43 year old says it is something he wants to keep on going.

“Everyone’s enjoying coming to watch us at home, we’ve found different ways to win games,” Ferguson added.

“We’ve taken massive strides, but we’ve got to make sure we finish the job off now. The whole club has come a long way, the culture of the football club is different now.”

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