Doncaster Rovers: Darren Ferguson reflects on John Marquis’s unusual goal celebration

John Marquis, pictured after scoring against Southend.
John Marquis, pictured after scoring against Southend.
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This might put a smile on John Marquis’s face...

The 25-year-old striker has been a massive success story since joining Doncaster Rovers, said boss Darren Ferguson ahead of today’s trip to Charlton Athletic.

Marquis, whose form this season has been somewhat under the spotlight, barely cracked a smile after scoring his fifth goal of the season last weekend in the win over Southend.

But his mean and moody celebration didn’t bother his manager one bit.

“That’s John,” said Ferguson.

“John can be a bit like that. He can be a bit interesting, let’s put it that way!

“I think when you see someone celebrate like that I think it’s more relief than anything else and that he’s just glad he’s scored.

“The previous home game to that, against Shrewsbury, perhaps things didn’t go that great for him and maybe he was feeling it a little bit from the stands, I don’t know.

“John’s a human being like everyone else and he had such a fantastic season [last season]. I think it’s important that I keep the confidence in his game.

“He’s scored five in 12. If you continue that you’re looking at 22, 23 goals again this season.

“What John has shown is that he’s got the determination to keep on improving and he wants to have a really good season.”

Marquis has scored a very impressive 31 goals in 57 league appearances for Rovers.

On his way to 26 goals last season, the Londoner became the first Doncaster player to score 20 league goals in a season since Peter Kitchen in 1977.

“His stats are very good. For this club they are excellent, really outstanding,” said Ferguson.

“It’s right to point that out because he’s been an absolutely massive success for this club so far.

“Even though his performances maybe have not been up there to his standard - and that’s in his opinion - he’s still banging the ball in the back of the net nearly on a one in two [basis], which is very good.”

Andy Williams (thigh) remains sidelined today but Rodney Kongolo and Mathieu Baudry are available.