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Madden: "I was hoping for a chance and thankfully I took it"

10 August 2019

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Fleetwood Town forward Paddy Madden spoke to the club following the 2-1 victory over AFC Wimbledon on a wet and windy afternoon at Highbury Stadium.

Madden – who was a half-time substitute against the Dons, scored the equaliser in the match after Kwesi Appiah opened the scoring in the first 45 minutes.

The Irishman’s introduction gave the whole place a lift, and when Josh Morris saw his cross / shot find its way into the back of the net, Town were able to hold on and make it two wins out of two in the league.

Here is what Madden had to say after the win over Wimbledon.

On his goal…

“It was nice to come on and help the team out get the win. Personally it was disappointing not to start but I know the lads did really well last weekend against Peterborough, and today I was hoping for a chance and thankfully I took it.

“The goal came from good build-up play and that move has come from the coaches and us players working on it on the training ground. I know the gaffer (Joey Barton) identified it as an area that we needed to get better at. It was a nice move, one touch passing and there was Wes Burns to pass it across and then that is when my eyes lit up when the ball went through the defenders legs.

“I have a target of 20 goals, and I hope to go one better this time round to last season.”

On what the manager said at half-time…

“The gaffer knows what he is going to get from me when I am on the pitch and when I did, I worked hard for the team and got that goal to get us back in the game and thankfully that happened and then we went on to win the match.

“It was great character shown by the boys as the first half wasn’t easy with the conditions and probably unlucky to go in a goal behind. There are a lot of positives to take from today and into our next games.”

On looking ahead to Nottingham Forest…

“We have to take the same mindset into the game, we shouldn’t fear anybody because we know we are all good players. We need to take the opportunity and with the squad we have – probably the strongest squad I have been part of, we can go to Forest and get a positive result.”


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