United striker Paddy Madden has described Saturday’s victory over Crawley Town as “a massive win.”The team took a first-half lead when Jordan Clarke’s powerful drive was diverted into the back of the net by visiting defender Ryan Dickson and Madden made it 2-0 just after the hour mark.
Izale McLeod grabbed a goal back for the Reds as the clock ticked down but Scunthorpe held on to claim an important three points and Madden was naturally delighted with the result.
He told The Iron Player: “It’s a massive win.
“There was a lot of build-up leading into the game because both teams were on the same amount of points so it’s huge for us.
“It was a six pointer really and now gives us that little bit of breathing space but we don’t want to get too complacent because it’s another important game on Tuesday.
“If we can get a win there, we might be looking a bit more comfortable but only when we’re safe can we take our foot off the gas.
“We’ve got another good win at home and we have to try and start making this place a fortress and make it difficult for teams to come and play.”
As the Irishman alluded to, that’s consecutive home wins for Mark Robins’ men now following the Good Friday victory over Peterborough United and the weekend’s triumph against Crawley.
It’s also two goals in the last two Glanford Park games for Madden but he was quick to point out that team success is more important than personal milestones.
“We made Crawley look a very average side,” he continued.
“We were a little bit nervous towards the end but we showed good character and professionalism to put our bodies on the line and get a massive three points.
“We conceded a sloppy goal but we’ve grown and we’re gelling as a team much better and we showed that to hang on.
“It’s always good to score goals but I’m just more buzzing that we got an impressive three points.”
The triumph moves United three points clear of Crawley, who remain outside of the divisional drop zone on goal difference.
And with a couple more games coming up against sides loitering in and around the League One relegation places, Madden is well aware of the importance of picking up positive results.
He added: “Every game is important but we have a lot of games coming up against teams that are in and around us in the table so it’s crucial that we keep picking up points.
“We have to try and make this place a fortress and make it hard for teams to come to and we’re starting to do that.
“It’s two wins in a row here and we’ll look to make it three on Tuesday.”
See much more from Paddy Madden, Jordan Clarke and Mark Robins on The Iron Player.