Marquis full of praise for Orient team mate Simpson
PUBLISHED: 14:30 23 November 2015
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Millwall loanee discusses partnership with League Two’s top goalscorer, time at the Marriott and giving everything
Leyton Orient’s John Marquis is more than happy to keep supplying Jay Simpson if it helps the club earn promotion from League Two.
Ian Hendon’s side defeated York City 3-2 on Saturday at Brisbane Road with the Millwall man having a leading role.
After Mathieu Baudry headed the O’s into the lead, Marquis dribbled past three players before setting up Simpson for a tap-in just before half time.
The Minstermen did respond immediately through Vadaine Oliver as the forward found the net after his shot took a big deflection.
But Simpson scored his 13th goal of the campaign midway through the second period before Oliver ensured it would be a nervy finish for Orient with an 86th minute goal.
They managed to earn the three points, however, and Marquis is pleased with the partnership he is developing with the league’s top goalscorer.
He said: “I have played with Jay before when I was with Millwall, I was a little bit younger then and just coming through so I know his game.
“Coming to the club and working with him again, I know, especially at this level, he is probably too good for League Two and his goal return is saying that.
“The longer Leyton Orient can hold onto him the more chance we have got of going up so playing with players like him will only make me better and if I can keep supplying him the goals that get us promoted it would be great.”
A win against York was needed after a strange week for the east Londoners following their 3-1 loss to Hartlepool United on November 15.
President Francesco Becchetti ordered the players and some of the staff to sleep and eat in the Marriott Hotel in Waltham Abbey.
Marquis insisted it didn’t bother the squad and he was pleased to give something back to the Orient fans on Saturday following a mixed run of results in the division.
“We have gone to the hotel to get together like a group of lads and I feel like it has worked against York,” added the Millwall man.
“On Saturday we definitely put in a Leyton Orient performance and everyone worked their socks off for each other. I was even cramping up a little bit at the end because we ran our socks off for each other.
“I think that is the bare minimum requirement these days. If you work hard that is all the punters want to see and we definitely deserved to beat York.
“We owed that to ourselves, to the supporters and to our manager so all in all I think we had to go to the hotel, get our work done for the York game and we did that.”
Marquis went on to joke that he will happily stay in the Marriott for the rest of the campaign if it means Orient get promoted from League Two.
He added: “One game doesn’t make a season but we’re looking forward now. If we have to go into a hotel for a few days it doesn’t matter as long as we keep winning. I’ll live in there until the end of the season if we get promoted so we’ll do whatever.”