Striker Paddy Madden is aiming to ‘get one over’ local rivals Doncaster Rovers in the final game of the 2014/15 season.Scunthorpe United have confirmed their status in Sky Bet League One next season after a run of five games unbeaten, which includes last Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Gillingham in the final home match of the campaign.
The Iron travel to Doncaster, who sit just one place ahead in the table, on Sunday and Scunthorpe’s top goal scorer this season, Madden, is looking for retribution for the 2-1 loss against Rovers back in October.
He said: “It’s a local derby so we’re treating it like a big game and we’ll be looking to get one over them. They beat us here on our own pitch so we’ll be looking to do the same to them on theirs and finish the season on a high and finish above our local rivals.
“Any win is good but a local derby would be a massive three points and would jump us ahead of Doncaster in the league so we’ll be going there all guns blazing looking to get the win and the three points.”
Madden has started every match this season and has helped the club rise to 15th in the table.
The 25-year-old added: “We’ve finished off well. It’s been a strong finish to the season which is just what we needed.
"We’re safe now which was the main aim at the start of the season, safety and League One, in our first season.
"Obviously we were all getting a bit excited when we were looking around the play-off spots but that wasn’t to be and we’ll look to give that a proper go next year.
“It’s been a good season. Touch wood, I will stay injury free and if I’m selected on Sunday then I will have played and started every game this season, so it’s a good achievement to have and something I’ll treasure. Obviously I’m in a new wide position and to score 17 goals from that position as well is a great achievement.”
The Iron’s final game of the season kicks off at 12:15pm on Sunday at the Keepmoat Stadium and Madden and his team mates will be hoping for a win that would see them leapfrog Doncaster in the table and finish a season, which has seen the club keep their place in the division, with a victory over their local rivals.
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