Portsmouth continued their rapid rise up the League One table on Saturday by winning at Sunderland for the first time since 2008 – with striker John Marquis the match-winner for the South Coast outfit.
Kenny Jackett’s men started the campaign by collecting just two points from their opening three games, but have bounced back with four impressive victories in five to climb into the top-six.
Portsmouth started brightly at the Stadium of Light, breaking the deadlock through Marcus Harness, but were quickly pegged back through Charlie Wyke’s 11th-minute equaliser.
But from then on in it was all about Marquis, who put Jackett’s men back in front midway through the first-half before sealing the points with a late penalty to move Pompey above the Black Cats in the table.
Marquis has endured a tricky start to the campaign, netting just once in seven previous league outings, but came alive with an inspired display in the North East.
The former Doncaster frontman, who scored 14 goals in his debut season at Fratton Park, appeared back to his best – and Portsmouth fans were more than delighted to see Marquis back amongst the goals.
Check some of their best reactions below:
Hahahha John Marquis is back boys, league 1 be scared pic.twitter.com/OAAzMTjfyT
— RV MARX (@HarvMarksy) October 24, 2020
— Chris (@chrispfc7) October 24, 2020
MASSIVE shoutout to John Marquis today, I’m always the first the jump on his back when he plays shit but he was class today and it proves there’s still a player in there, hope he starts banging them in for fun now! Buzzing for him! Up the blues 💙 #Pompey
— Jamie Brett (@JamieBrett_) October 24, 2020
Big John Marquis is thriving with Harness buzzing around him. Up the Blues! What a Saturday 💙 #Pompey
— mb. (@mike_banting) October 24, 2020
John Marquis 3 goals in 2 games cause he has had someone up top with him, Marquis is a goal machine when he has someone up top with him and his goal scoring record at Doncaster and the last 2 games just proves it. #Pompey
— Connor Phillips (@ConnorPFC1997) October 24, 2020
The machine known as John Marquis. Ik, its incredible.
— Alfredo20 (@Alfredo52083790) October 24, 2020
Yesssssssssssssss get in there, a brilliant goal by John Marquis, well done lads. That's truly brilliant. Keep going and staying in front. Come on Pompey. Up the Blues.
— John Horne (@johnhorneartist) October 24, 2020
BIG JOHN HAVE MY KIDS 😍😍 pic.twitter.com/xSzj18TEsZ
— James (@Jamesr02_) October 24, 2020
He’s smelling goals now
— Ben Bootler 👻🎃 (@BenButler7) October 24, 2020