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Marquis prepared for Northampton return

8 September 2017

John Marquis is ready for Saturday’s trip to Northampton as he looks to get back on the scoresheet at one of his former clubs.

Marquis had two loan spells with the Cobblers, and is looking to add to the two goals he already has to his name so far in Sky Bet League One this season.

“Personally, I’ve not done as well as I think I could have, I might be putting too much pressure on myself and the gaffer has told me to stay calm and just go back to basics, but the team as a whole have been good and we’ve started okay,” he said.

“The standard of players is obviously better, we’ve played some good teams who would be up there come the end of the season and there’s been slight changes just to make sure that the mistakes we have made can be sorted out quickly, we’re starting to get used to the higher league.

“It’s an element of luck but at the same time, if we make the right decisions more times than not, it’ll take care of itself rather than having to go down to luck, we have to make the right decisions as individuals, but I think we will be more than okay.”

Marquis scored six goals for Northampton in their 2015/16 title winning campaign and is under no illusions that his old club will provide a stern test for Rovers this weekend.

“I had two very different spells there, the first one we were battling to stay in the Football League, and the second, we won the league and when I came in the job was pretty much done anyway, it was a good team there,” he said.

“It was a time where I was coming up to the end of my contract and I was looking for a new challenge, it was a good opportunity for me to go there, it set me up to get my opportunity to come here, they were a big part of my career and I had a good time there.

“We know what’s important is what we do on Saturday and if we get our game plan right we can get a result, you’d expect them to be up for it with a new manager, they’ll want to impress him and they’ll be bang up for it, we can’t go there and walk over them and we have to show them respect.”

Tickets are available until 1pm on Friday 8 September for the trip to Sixfields Stadium. They can be purchased from the CD Box Office, on 01302 762 576, or at

Please note that there is a £2 increase on any tickets bought on the day of the game.

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