Date: 25th February 2016 at 8:37am
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John Marquis, something of a journeyman footballer even at the age of 23 due to the number of loan spells he’s had away from parent club Millwall over the years (including of course a previous spell with Northampton), returned ahead of the midweek game to fill in for the injured Marc Richards.

I think it’s fair to say he made an ‘immediate impact’, which in all fairness to him he had during his previous spell with the club.

Marquis returned to the Cobblers on loan from Millwall until the end of the season with him making his second debut with a goal, which proved to be the winner against York in the two-one win at Bootham Crescent on Tuesday.

His return has seen him branded ‘outstanding’ by Chris Wilder, who is quoted by the BBC from his post-match press conference as saying.

‘John was outstanding, exactly what we wanted. He had energy, aggression, he ran away from them a couple of times, was a goal threat and scored, so he can be delighted with his second debut.’

Marquis himself admitted to feeling ‘a bit rusty’ with him disappointed not to have taken an earlier chance, which he feels he will when he’s fully fit and sharp once more.

This second loan spell with Northampton, his seventh loan from Millwall with six different clubs no less, saw him tell the BBC.

‘Getting to the pace I didn’t think would be a problem, the way I play is quite high intensity, it was just how long I could go really. It was planned before to get an hour and I put everything I had into the hour for fitness. I was a bit rusty here and there and I had a good chance in the first half, which I think when I’m fit and sharp I’ll be taking. Apart from that it was good, and nice to get some minutes in the legs.’

Not a bad hour to re-announce himself to us was it! With his contract expiring in the summer he’s got it all to play for, which should work in the Cobblers’ favour!

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