Match-winner Paddy Madden was delighted to secure an important three points in the 1-0 victory at the Keepmoat Stadium against Doncaster Rovers.Madden claimed the team dug in during Doncaster’s period of pressure in the second half, and came out with a thoroughly deserved win.
“Donny had a bit more possession in the second half but it was a good away performance from the lads and just the win that we needed, and in a derby match which makes it even better,” he told The Iron PlayerHD.
“Playing down the centre is where I’ve played all of my career so I’m going to be in the six-yard box where I score most of my goals, and I popped it. Luckily it came through to me and I put it away.”
The Irishman believes the win, and the way the Iron went about winning the game, will give all of the club a confidence boost heading into Monday’s fixture with Rochdale at Glanford Park.
“Any three points are important, and it gives the lads a little bit of a boost that we needed," he said.
"We haven’t been performing as good as we can lately, but the fans travelled down in their numbers today and that win's for them – and for sticking with us.
“We will be alright this season, we just need to find a bit more consistency, and grind out results like today. We need everyone to stick together, and the results will come.”
Madden praised the United defence for dealing with everything that was thrown their way, and spoke about the need to not lose concentration during games.
He said: “It was a great battling performance. Our performance here last year was a bit pathetic for a derby game, and we all knew that. All of the lads were up for it today and we dug in there, and Donny only really had half chances, not clear cut.
“Anything that came in to the box the lads got on to the end of, and it was a good professional performance.
“We showed everyone what we’re all about.”
It’s no secret that Madden is close friends with Stephen Dawson, and the striker was happy to see his pal make his comeback after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
He added: “He’s one of my best friends, but the guy is unbelievable. He’s fully fit now, and this was his first 60 minutes in a while. When that guy is on his game, which I know he will be, there’s not a midfielder in this division that’s better than him.
“He has everything. Runs in behind, works his socks off – and as a striker it’s just a joy to play with, because he nicks the ball off people and commits their defenders to come out of position, and that’s how strikers get our space in behind. He will definitely be a fans favourite.”
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