Striker Marquis believes Cobblers have the quality to secure safety

CONFIDENT - Cobblers striker John Marquis (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)
CONFIDENT - Cobblers striker John Marquis (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Striker John Marquis is just 120 minutes into his Northampton Town career, but he already believes that the team is in a false position at the bottom of Sky Bet League Two.

The Millwall loan man made his first start for the Cobblers in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Fleetwood, with a hard-working 90-minute showing following on from his cameo in the midweek win at relegation rivals Torquay United.

He has now had the chance to weigh up the strengths and weaknesses of the Cobblers squad, and after comparing the Town team to the promotion-chasing Cod Army on Saturday, Marquis is in no doubt Town will escape the drop.

“Fleetwood aren’t that good, and I don’t think they played that well on Saturday,” said the striker, who has already enjoyed loan spells at Portsmouth and Torquay United in league two this season.

“They have spent a lot of money, but I don’t think there are many of their players you would put in our team.

“They didn’t have any outstanding players. They did do well to get the two goals, although they didn’t have much else apart from that.

“It was a tight game, and when you look at it, they are in the play-offs and pushing for promotion, and we are in the bottom part of the table, but there isn’t much difference between the teams.

“We are definitely going to have enough to get out of this, that is for sure.”

Marquis enjoyed a good game at Highbury Stadium, but accepted that the Cobblers have to up their game at both ends of the pitch.

“It definitely wasn’t a 2-0 game,” said Marquis, who is on loan at Sixfields until the end of the season.

“I think we deserved at least a draw out of it, but the second goal really took the wind out of us.

“If that goal hadn’t come, then I think we would have definitely fought back for a point, but we have to be better in both boxes.

“We have to stop conceding sloppy goals, and we need to start creating more chances and working the opposition goalkeeper a bit more.

“But it did feel like it was only going to be a matter of time before the equaliser would come, we had a lot of set-plays, and we felt we were in control of the game even at 1-0 down.

“But the second goal killed us off.”