Iron striker Paddy Madden has stated that it was good to get a run out following the 3-1 victory over Bottesford Town on Wednesday evening.He scored twice as United secured victory against their hosts at Birch Park, with fellow front man Sam Winnall bagging the other.
And Madden was pleased to get the minutes under his belt and is hoping that he can now hit the ground running, goal scoring wise.
“It was good to get the first run out,” he told The Iron Player.
“It’s good to get match time under your belt and we all got 45 minutes which was good.
“We’ve been training hard since we came back in, doing a bit of running and it’s to get out and play a bit of football.
“Hopefully the goals come for me this year and I hit the ground running and have another good season in League One.”
The Irishman was part of the team that played in the second half and was partnered up front with new club signing Lyle Taylor.
Madden was pleased with how he linked up with the former Sheffield United striker and now insists that attentions will switch towards the game with Gainsborough on Saturday.
He continued: “Lyle has a good physical presence so I can get in behind a bit more because he wins a lot of headers and flicks the ball on really well.
“I really enjoyed playing up front with him and hopefully we can gel well if the gaffer needs us.
“We trained on Thursday and we’ll be training again on Friday and we’ll all be looking forward to the gain with Gainsborough.
“I don’t know what the manager’s plan is with the team but it’s just good to get out there playing again.”
The squad recently returned from a short break at Champneys and Madden stated that it was a good chance to bed the new players in.
Pre-season training has seen the players doing running, ball work and boxing and the 24-year-old feels that his sharpness is now starting to come back following the summer.
“Champneys was good, good for team morale and the new lads bedded in nicely,” he added.
“We all got to know the new lads a bit more obviously staying with them for four days and they gelled in well.
“The group is looking good, looking comfortable and we’re looking forward to the season now.
“Pre-season has been good, and I’m starting to feel my sharpness coming back now.
“I’m sure it’ll still tough for another couple of weeks but our fitness will keep going up and we’ll make sure we’re ready for that opening game against Swindon.”
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