Papa John’s Trophy Final: ‘No room for complacency,’ says Marquis

Portsmouth striker John Marquis says there is no such thing as a room for complacency forward of the 2020 Papa John’s Trophy Final against Salford City on Saturday afternoon.

With Pompey representing Sky Bet League One and the Ammies a division under, there’s the opportunity of a giant-killing at Wembley, however Marquis is eager to make sure that doesn’t occur. 

“We all know that we now have to turn up and be at our best if we wish to have any chance of a consequence, we can not go into this recreation pondering that we’re going to turn up and win,” he said. 

“They’ve modified players and have a new manager as well, they’re an excellent side and we might be taking them significantly, there is no such thing as a doubt about that.

“I’m anticipating it to be an excellent match, due to a few of the players they’ve of their dressing room. They’ve a whole lot of expertise and they’re enjoying for a team which might be enjoying on the top end of League Two.

“They’ve that winning mentality that every one teams need, so neither team are going there and just pondering ‘it’s good to be right here’. We’re right here to win and we now have to make positive we leave there with the Trophy.

It was Marquis who scored the winner of their Semi-Final victory over Exeter City back in February 2020, netting a 96th-minute winner in a loopy recreation at Fratton Park. 

The Grecians appeared like they’d be heading to the capital after main 2-1 within the closing stages of the affair. However a surprising goal from Cameron McGeehan and a last-gasp header from Marquis flipped the tie on its head and sent the holders by means of for one more shot at glory on the National Stadium. 

He added: “We booked our place within the Final in dramatic trend, it was a great recreation for a impartial, contemplating it was fairly eventless till the last 20 minutes or so. After that, it was just about like a recreation of basketball from there.

“We went behind twice and once they go 2-1 up, you assume the sport is gone, however to score two goals in stoppage time was surreal.

“To score that winning goal that evening was an unreal feeling, I bear in mind saying to the lads on the pitch that evening that there’s going to be one other chance on this recreation.

“We just needed to consider in ourselves, and if we did get one other chance that we may take it. Fortunately, I used to be in the suitable place on the proper time and we took it.

This could possibly be the primary time that the 28-year-old will get the chance to play at Wembley Stadium, after missing out on the Millwall squad that played Wigan Athletic within the 2013 FA Cup Semi-Final. 

With beginning up top for Pompey on Saturday an actual risk for Marquis, he says enjoying within the recreation might be one of many largest moments in his career. 

“To stroll out at Wembley might be a particular moment for myself and my household, and a moment that I can’t neglect in my career,” Marquis defined. 

“I just need to go out there and make positive it’s remembered for the suitable reason, so I can come home with a winner’s medal round my neck. If I can score as well, that might be an added bonus.

“These are the moments you reside for as a footballer, the high-pressure video games. It’s a one off-game and that’s what cup finals come right down to; regardless of how a lot preparation you do, it’s all about the way you strategy issues on the day.”

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