Cheltenham striker Marquis relishing reunion with Cobblers

HAPPY TIMES - John Marquis celebrates the Cobblers' final day escape at Sixfields in May with Ivan Toney, and the pair have stayed friends
HAPPY TIMES - John Marquis celebrates the Cobblers' final day escape at Sixfields in May with Ivan Toney, and the pair have stayed friends

John Marquis is relishing taking on the Cobblers for his new club Cheltenham this weekend but the former Town loanee admits he would have loved the game to have been at Sixfields.

The Millwall striker had a key role in Northampton’s successful battle against relegation out of the Football League last term, scoring in the wins over Burton Albion and Oxford United.

Dagenham and Redbridge FC v Northampton Town FC at Victoria Road, Dagenham.'John Marquis, Ivan Toney and Chris Hackett. NNL-140427-102141005

Dagenham and Redbridge FC v Northampton Town FC at Victoria Road, Dagenham.'John Marquis, Ivan Toney and Chris Hackett. NNL-140427-102141005

Marquis also endeared himself to the club’s supporters with his often confrontational playing style, something they may get another glimpse of on Saturday with the player now on loan at Cheltenham.

The 22-year-old is looking forward to the reunion, and to crossing paths with his strike partner from the back end of the season Ivan Toney, with whom he has stayed in touch.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “In a way I’d have quite liked it to be at Sixfields but it will still be good because Northampton always take a lot of away fans wherever they play.

“We both need the result as well, so it should be a pretty good game.

“I still keep in touch with a few of the lads and I spoke to Alan Knill a couple of times in pre-season.

“I speak to Ivan Toney quite a bit. I think he’s a quality player and he’s going to have a great career in the game. We’re both a similar age and we get on very well.”

Marquis admits he has not been in the best of form at Cheltenham, having scored just once in 11 outings since moving to Whaddon Road in the summer.

In fact, he may not even start the game, with Wolves striker Eusebio potentially the preferred option for Mark Yates.

But if Marquis does play and score, he has already decided he will not celebrate, out of respect for manager Chris Wilder and his assistant Alan Knill.

“I haven’t been in the best form at the moment and I’ve got a feeling it could be this weekend that it changes,” he said.

“You don’t know until the time but I don’t think I’d celebrate. I enjoyed my time at Northampton, the fans were patient with me at the start when I wasn’t scoring but I think I did alright in the end.

“You never know what’s going to happen in football and I wouldn’t celebrate out of respect for the manager and for Alan Knill for giving me the chance last season.”