Portsmouth got back to winning ways on their travels on the weekend, as they edged past Bolton Wanderers 1-0 to move to within touching distance of the League One play-off places.
A Christian Burgess strike three minutes before half-time proved to be enough to separate the two sides at the University of Bolton Stadium, as Pompey moved level on points with 6th placed Sunderland after the win.
It was also Portsmouth’s first taste of victory on their travels for almost two months, and also their second clean sheet away from home all season.
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John Marquis once again started behind Ellis Harrison in the Number 10 role, and was close to getting on the scoresheet.
The 27-year-old got his head onto Steve Seddon’s free-kick from deep, but his effort was parried by Remi Matthews into the path of Burgess, who tapped home in what proved to be the winning goal.
Here is what Marquis had to say on social media after the important win for his team:
Great result away from home yesterday drove on by our amazing support in the way end! Devastated not being able to get on the end of @Burgey44 pass that went in the net but will try harder next time to put that right! Onto a big week of cup games 💙👌👀
— John Marquis (@JohnMarquis09) January 19, 2020
This is how these Portsmouth fans and some teammates reacted on Twitter to the forward’s performance and humorous message about his lack of recent goals…
Lovely words John 😃
— lee (@brown_628) January 19, 2020
John you’ve provided goals the last few games , I no that’s what every striker wants … but no one can fault your work rate or passion . The goals will come because we can see the hard work your doing ! Keep the confidence up and your hit the ground running PUP !!!
— Nick Simister (@SimisterNick) January 19, 2020
Keep doing what you’re doing JM. Hard work and playing for the badge means as much to us as anything else.
— Brendon Bone (@brendonvbone) January 19, 2020
😂😂 would of been comical if you snatched another one. Wembley is two matches away John! Big game Tuesday night.
— John Black (@Johnblack_90) January 19, 2020
Keep your head up John and keep working the way you do….your very popular with the supporters at Pompey PUP
— David Andrew (@DavidAn96499303) January 19, 2020
Time to shine, do me a favor and put 3 past Scunthorpe John! 👍 #bluearmy
— North Stand PFC💙⚽ (@NorthStandPFC) January 19, 2020
Top quality banter 😂💙
— PFC Dan (@DanielJessep) January 19, 2020
Watch him. He’s gonna want to play up front👍😀
— Kerry Aylmer (@FrattonBlue) January 19, 2020
Never seen you so hyped and pumped up as you were when you walked over to us at the end of the game yesterday John, it looks like you’ve really settled in now and got that passion and fire in your belly we love to see it mate keep up the great work all of you boys were on our way
— Gav Jones (@GavinJones_14) January 19, 2020