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Marquis hails Rovers spirit

15 April 2018

John Marquis says his team-mates did well to respond to going behind after they picked up three points away at Milton Keynes Dons.

Ike Ugbo gave the hosts the lead a first-half lead before Rovers came out firing after the break, with Marquis grabbing both goals at Stadium MK, and he felt the quick start after the interval was key to turning things around.
“It was the same as it was back at our place, they got the early goal and took the lead into half time, but we felt that if we scored early on after the break that would be in the back of our minds, especially with where they are in the league,” he said.
“We didn’t start the game well and we were miles off it in the first half, we got a good talking to at half-time and we changed our shape after making a substitution early on, it’s a big pitch and they were finding a lot of space which caused us problems.
“Tactically, we got it spot on in the second half, the manager did really well to spot where we needed to change things, we understood what we needed to do better, and the early goal really set us up for the rest of the half.”
Marquis’ double came after Rovers were forced into making a change with Matty Blair being replaced by Alfie Beestin before the break, but the forward says their hard work in training prepared them for the change in shape following the switch.
“We changed our shape and we found areas where we felt that we could hurt them more, Alex Kiwomya switched sides to the right and was a massive threat and caused them a lot of problems, he found a lot of space and did very well for the first goal,” Marquis added.
“We found better space and better areas where we could hurt them, after the early change I was left on my own up top against three centre halves which is quite tough, but then that let Alex and Alfie play a wider role to support me.
“We went on and got the second and probably should’ve gone on to kill the game off late on, but the defending from the lads at the back was fantastic once again, and it’s a great three points for us.”


Rovers return to the Keepmoat Stadium to take on Bury on Tuesday April 17, you can purchase tickets from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576 or at

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