United claimed their second league win of the season on Saturday, as they took down high-flying Coventry City at Glanford Park.Despite their performance warranting more goals, one was enough to earn all three points.
It was a sweet strike of Paddy Madden’s right boot in the second half that was the difference, taking his tally to five goals in all competitions already this season.
After the game, The Iron PlayerHD caught up with Madden and gauged his thoughts following the big win.
“The Gaffer (Mark Robins) changed the style of play and formation and I think its worked wonders,” he said.
“He told us to shut up shop a little bit, and force them into mistakes – which we did.
"The only thing that they had was the long ball over the top and we were cleaning that up at the back.
“When our chance came, we took it and we didn’t look like conceding at all.
"The coaching staff have been working really hard with us in training, and they changed it up and it’s worked. We will look to do the same against Rochdale.”
The pressure to put in a performance and get the result on Saturday had been building up since the defeat to Blackpool the previous week, but Madden believes the result was one United thoroughly deserved.
“It’s massive. We’ve made a top team in this league look average," he said.
"Everyone’s happy, and the fans go home happy. We all have to stick together and I guarantee we will be up towards top at the end of the season.
“It’s buzzing (in the dressing room). The lads were in there blaring out music, whereas last week everyone had their head down and was very disappointed.
“We are all trying to do well for the club, and we all want to win just as much as the fans want us to win.
"The place is buzzing and the lads are all buzzing, and we all go home with smiles on our faces.”
As modest as ever, when asked about his goal Madden said he would have been happy regardless of who scored - the result was all that mattered to the Irishman.
He said: “I’m happy, but I’m more happy that we’ve got a massive win. For me to score it’s an extra bonus, but whoever scores it doesn’t really matter once we get the three points.”
After scoring, Madden ran towards the Iron crowd to celebrate in front of them. Referee Andy Haines deemed the celebrations to be worthy of a yellow card, and Madden jokingly told us he would be working in the gym this week to not get dragged into the crowd.
“Maybe I’ll have to work on my weight a little bit! The fans at the wall pulled me in, so I’ll have to be doing a bit extra in the gym next week,” he said.
Talking about the confidence gained from the game, Madden says there is no reason why the team cannot take that into their next match when the team face Rochdale at Spotland on Saturday.
“It was a confident performance. We shut up shop and I didn’t think they looked like scoring at all," he said.
"The only way they were going to score was from a corner or a set piece, but the lads at the back cleared everything up.
“There’s no reason why we can’t go into the next game full of confidence and replicate the same performance.”
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