Doncaster Rovers: 20-goal John Marquis praises teammates after hitting 40-year landmark

John Marquis paid tribute to his teammates after becoming the first Doncaster Rovers player to score 20 Football League goals in a season since Peter Kitchen in 1977.

Thursday, 2nd March 2017, 5:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:44 am
John Marquis

Marquis hit the landmark figure from the penalty spot in Tuesday night’s 3-2 win at Cambridge United which ended Rovers’ five-game sequence without a win and took them six points clear at the top of League Two.

“It’s a nice thing to have,” said Marquis of his accolade.

“There have been some great strikers that have been here in that time as well.

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“I’m happy. It’s obviously my best scoring return for a season.

“I’ve said a lot of times - when you’re playing with such good players it means I do get my fair share of chances and I back myself to take my fair share.

“That’s probably why I’ve got the total I have.

“Twenty is a good landmark for now but there’s still 12 games left and I want to add to that tally.”

Kitchen bagged 23 league goals for Rovers in the 1976/77 season in Division Four.

Since then Paul Heffernan scored 21 in 2006/7 but 11 of those came in cup competitions, while Paul Barnes scored 25 goals in the Conference in 2002/3.