WILLO’S GOT NEW AD­MIRER IN STRIKE PART­NER

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Paul Ed­di­son

STRIKER John Mar­quis be­lieves Don­caster Rovers team-mate Andy Wil­liams is the best for­ward in League Two and says he has had a dream start along­side the 30-year-old.

Wil­liams scored 16 goals for Rovers as they were rel­e­gated last sea­son and 24-year-old Mar­quis, who joined Dar­ren Fer­gu­son’s side from Mill­wall at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son, says he didn’t ex­pect the ex­pe­ri­enced for­ward to stick around.

But, af­ter nine goals be­tween them in their first ten games, the pair have dove-tailed per­fectly and Mar­quis’ pleas­ant sur­prise has turned into real ad­mi­ra­tion for his hard­work­ing strike part­ner.

“For some­one who has had such a good ca­reer, he’s al­ways work­ing hard,” said Mar­quis. “Off the pitch, he’s try­ing to help other play­ers im­prove, like my­self.”

“For me, Willo is prob­a­bly one of the best strik­ers in the divi­sion. His goalscor­ing record through­out his ca­reer has proven that. In front of goal, he’s lethal.

“I think the way he plays is a bit sim­i­lar to my­self in terms of his work rate and how he has­sles de­fend­ers.

“It helps both of us, know­ing our part­ner is go­ing to be work­ing his socks off for the other.

“We don’t mind who scores as long as we’re plug­ging away, get­ting goals as a team and work­ing hard for each other.

“I think the whole team can work off that be­cause, when you’ve got a front two who set the tempo like we do, it re­ally gets the play­ers and the crowd go­ing.”

PRAISE: John Mar­quis

BEST: Andy Wil­liams

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