Jackett: Millwall striker underlined potential against Villa

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© Edmund Boyden

KENNY Jackett praised John Marquis after his FA Cup heroics against Aston Villa and believes the striker's performance bodes well for the future.

Marquis capped an impressive performance against the Premier League side with an 89th-minute winner to set up a fifth-round tie with Luton Town next month.

Jackett is short of options up front following the departures of Chris Wood and Darius Henderson respectively this month and he admitted Marquis staked a claim for a starting place with his display.

He said:  "John showed to the supporters that we could have a good player for the future. As one player moves on, another one comes in.

"It's up to the players we have to step up to the plate when the opportunity is there. Many careers have been made like that. Young players have to recognise their opportunity and take it.

"John showed a lot of promise as a youth player and then went through a tough time with injury where he wasn't able to shake off a groin problem.

"That resulted in an operation but he came back on Friday fully fit and he looked fine. Scoring the winner will do his confidence the world of good.

"I thought he produced an excellent performance in terms of leading the line. For a young guy who hasn't played for such a long time, he was a real handful for Villa."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

18 thoughts on “Jackett: Millwall striker underlined potential against Villa

  • January 28, 2013 at 08:40
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    Good performances deserve good praise and it's pleasing that marquis is fit and raring to go I don't think his commitment will ever be in doubt he's been brought the millwall way and knows the fans will expect nothing less but it'll come natural for him to do so. Over the moon for the boy it could have gone the other way for him but he knuckled down got on with it without sulking and the timing of it was impeccable , but that does not now mean we don't need a striker to come in on a permanent contract. I think JM has lots of potential and could be as effective as Harry Kane was this time last yr especially if he's given the same amount of time.
    Good luck John boy.

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    • January 29, 2013 at 08:58
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      Jackett: Millwall striker underlined potential against Villa,
      ME: Lets hope the CLUB underline theirs with better signings than last two

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  • January 28, 2013 at 09:12
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    I think I must have been watching a different game!

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    • January 28, 2013 at 13:56
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      Me too..... Credit to the lad better than the others on the bench ,I'm prepared to give him a chance though

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  • January 28, 2013 at 10:40
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    I'd love to see JM to be the next big thing, but cant't see it, i don't dispute his passion or commitment just lack of ability at this level.
    Against Villa i didn't see him win one ball in the air or hold the ball up successfully, he lacks pace and strength and this is against a poor Villa defence.
    at the moment JM is not our striking solution, maybe one day....

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  • January 28, 2013 at 11:17
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    Agree to an extent but it was his first game back and was an ideal situation all round he needed game time and it was a no lose game for us. Do agree he's not the solution but Kane took a couple games to get going and came up trumps. Maybe wishful thinking on my part
    But I hope he realises his potential a lot more than Kevin brannif ever did

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    • January 28, 2013 at 11:33
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      I understand it was his first game back and I really do hope he has a good career in front of him but he is not the answer right now. Goal apart, I thought he was awful against Villa. Probably needs to go on loan to a League 1 club to learn his craft. When you consider Chris Wood is only a year older. I agree that he appears to lack pace and strength.

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      • January 28, 2013 at 11:36
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        loaning him out to improve his craft is a good idea, but do to our lack of strike force i fear he is going to playing alongside Keogh for rest of season, Keogh had a quiet game against Villa. In Kenny we trust.

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  • January 28, 2013 at 11:45
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    Have you ever written an article without using the word 'respectively ' on this site?

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  • January 28, 2013 at 12:21
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    To describe Marquis' performance against Villa as awful is an exaggeration. He's no Didier Drogba, but he did a decent job, in the second half particularly. To compare him with Chris Wood is a little beside the point as well. Young players develop at different rates. Richard Sadlier didn't become the player we all remember until he was 23. And Chris Wood is a future Champions League level player. He is out of the ordinary, not a mark against which to measure every youngster coming through the ranks.

    Marquis has something about him and his attitude is exemplary. He'll definitely have a career in the game. Whether that will be at Championship level, it's too early to say. Let's give him some time before writing him off.

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    • January 28, 2013 at 12:47
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      Sorry Stanley, it's all a matter of opinion. I would love to see Marquis go on and be a top striker for both his sake and our club. To me he needs games for his development, like Chris Wood did, and if we are seriously going to go for a top six spot, at present he is not up to it so he is not going to get the games he needs here. I agree Chris Wood will go on to better things than leicester, but he was allowed to learn his trade with a series of loans. IMO it would do neither John, nor the club any good if he his thrown in now, as the fans would soon get on his back.

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  • January 28, 2013 at 13:27
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    of course any young player needs games to develop, he does lack pace but he will bulk up and and learn the tricks of his trade, the one thing JM has and from watching him at youth level has always had is the knack of being in right place at the right time. ultimately any striker will be judged on their goals to games ratio.
    At the moment he looks a better bet than Dany "lack of aggression" Nguessan!!

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  • January 28, 2013 at 14:03
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    Better than all the options we currently have .....just have to get Keogh fired up now his mojo seams to have deserted him.

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  • January 28, 2013 at 14:10
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    Well done to the lad, but not the answer over the next 4 months if we are to keep in the top half of table and challenge for play-offs... Need a striker with experience or proven at this level..

    I'm judging by the fact that there are no rumours flying around we will be looking to get a striker on loan till the end of season.

    Possible options, Morrison, Church, Kane

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  • January 28, 2013 at 14:23
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    With the best will in the world, if we persevere with Marquis in the long term we will not get in the top 6.
    Of course I wish the boy luck and would be delighted to be proved wrong. I also agree that with the current squad our options are extremely limited. I think that anyone who follows Millwall will understand that at the moment the boy is not ready, I think Kenny knows it as well. I believe that we will sign at least one striker very soon. COYL

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    • January 28, 2013 at 14:26
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      i agree with Adsy, Kenny knows Marquis's limitations, but also must see some potential for the future. I can see a striker being signed very soon. in kenny we trust,

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  • January 28, 2013 at 16:14
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    Sorry Kenny you must have been watching a different game, he had flashes of good play and took the goal very well but overall he just did not have that extra edge that a good striker needs.
    We still need a striker and hopefully JM will improve and he must encouraged as his heart is all Millwall so it would be nice to see him have the striker role but he is not ready yet.

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  • January 28, 2013 at 18:48
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    are some of you people for real marquis had a great game friday if shittu was not on the pitch then he would of been up for man of match about time you got behind the kid and not c*** him off everytime

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