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Madden: We know it’s going to be a tough game

25 January 2021

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Forward Paddy Madden spoke to the media on Monday afternoon ahead of Fleetwood Town’s Sky Bet League One clash against Northampton Town at Highbury Stadium.

Madden – who has been an ever-present figure in the first-team this season – wore the captain’s armband in Town’s draw against Wigan Athletic on Saturday and has said that the side are looking to build on that result and push for the three points against the Cobblers at Highbury on Tuesday.

Here’s what Paddy had to say:

On Tuesday night’s opposition…

“I wouldn’t say we are going into the game as favourites. League One has always been a tough league, Northampton beat us at their place 1-0, so we know it’s going to be a tough game.

“I don’t think you can go into any game as favourites because that’s the way the league is. Anyone can beat anyone on their day so we just need to make sure that we approach it as we should and build on the point against Wigan, who are on a good run themselves.

On interim head coach Simon Wiles…

“I think Wilesy has done some great stuff with the Under 18s and the youth team, so he deserves his chance. His ideas are very good and refreshing so we are trying to get the results for him.

“He has different ideas to the old gaffer and sometimes change is good. You have to adapt to the changes, keep going, and do your best to help the team. We are all the same squad and still want the same things, like getting into the top six, so our focus has not changed at all.

On being named captain for the Wigan game…

“I have always seen myself as a leader, with the way I work for the team, and I’m in that stage of my career where something like that could help kick me on a little bit.

“It was nice, but nothing is cemented yet, obviously I got given it last game, but it may be different for the next one. You shouldn’t really need the armband to make you lead on the pitch.

“There’s a lot of lads here that are all leaders, so no matter who’s wearing the band, we will go out and do the same thing as you should be brought up with the mentality that you should be a leader on the pitch anyway.”

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