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Play-off opportunity excites Marquis

5 May 2019

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John Marquis said his Rovers team-mates are relishing the opportunity provided by the end of season play-offs.

The forward’s 25th goal of the season sealed the victory, after Kieran Sadlier’s opener, and the No.9 felt his side embraced the moment.

“We knew what a win would mean for us but we just got on with the usual process, we had to focus on the process and let the result take care of itself. You should relish these opportunities and we did,” he said.

“There were probably a few more nerves that there usually are but that’s just about wanting to do well. You play 45 games, put in so much effort throughout the season and then it all comes down to one game – we got the win and that was what the job.

“We knew it would be a difficult game, but an opening goal settles the nerves and I thought we scored at a good time. We’d just started getting on top and there was a 20 or 25 minute spell where our pressing was good, we stopped them getting out, we kept reloading attacks and then it’s a great ball by Mallik Wilks.

“We’d said before the game that if Mallik and Sads could get in on the back post that was a weakness of theirs and that’s exactly where our first goal came from.”

Rovers’ top striker also praised the defence who were diligent in securing a clean sheet, with goalkeeper Marko Marosi rarely forced into making a stop.

“We defended very well as a team, got another clean sheet. A performance like that shows we’ve got great defenders and a great goalkeeper and, even though we have got firepower, we can defend as well - we’re going to need that going into the play-offs,” added Marquis.

“We restricted them to long-range shots and they had a couple of corners  that I felt we dealt with really well. I can’t really remember Marko making a save – maybe one – so as a unit, we worked really well.”

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