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Madden: Positivity high in the camp ahead of Scunthorpe

Striker looks ahead to test against former side

21 August 2018

Paddy Madden says there is lots of positivity around the Fleetwood Town dressing room at the moment, ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Scunthorpe United.

Madden – who has scored two goals in the opening three league matches – returns to his former club in midweek and will be looking to add to his goal tally after goals against Oxford United and Rochdale.

The 28-year old spent four years at the Lincolnshire club before moving to Town in January this year.

Here are the key quotes from Paddy’s pre-match press conference…

On how the first three league games have gone…

“I think they have gone very well, and the gaffer is swapping and changing things around against teams, which I feel is good.

“The gaffer has faith in all of the lads and there is competition all over the pitch. For the players themselves they know that if they are starting, they need to go out there and impress.

“If they don’t impress, there will be change and this just keeps us all on our toes."

On Scunthorpe and the threats they pose…

“Scunthorpe is a tough place to go and they have very passionate fans down there who always get behind their team.

“The ground is very tight and that makes it difficult for the opposition, but I know we will be well tuned in with what the gaffer wants and we will prepare on how to beat them in the best way possible.

“They are a physical side and we know about their strengths and weaknesses, and how we can go and exploit them on the pitch.”

On the mood within the camp…

“There so much positivity in and around the camp from the management staff to the players, and we are all there to keep each other positive.

“We are obviously disappointed to have conceded so late on Saturday against Rochdale, however this season there will be teams who come at you, and it’s important you try and go around them and move on.

“The lads want to put that behind them and go and get all three points against Scunthorpe on Wednesday night, and we know it will be a tough game but we will try and cut out the small mistakes, and that should lead us well into picking up a result."

On whether it was his goal, or an own goal against Rochdale…

“Absolutely it was my goal on Saturday!

“I don’t know why people are saying it was an own goal as you can clearly see the ball slow down and also change direction.

“I have put that picture on twitter and from that you can see – unless I have a hole in my foot – that the ball has come through to me and it’s hit my leg and it’s definitely my goal.

“I could have had more goals to my name with the match against Crewe, and that is me being critical of myself but I know I will continue to get goals and try and get as many goals as I can.”


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