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A GOOD RESPONSE FROM THE BOYS

19 December 2016

Paddy Madden believes to bounce back in such a comprehensive fashion against Millwall shows the character which exists within the Iron squad.

United put the Lions to the sword in a rip-roaring 3-0 victory at Glanford Park, and Madden says it was the perfect way to get back on track following disappointment at Rochdale last weekend.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD, Madden said: “It was a good response from the boys.

“That was after not the greatest of performances against Rochdale. It's the sign of a good team when you can bounce back, and beat a side like Millwall 3-0.

“Millwall are going to take a lot of points off teams, so to beat them comfortably as we have done is a massive positive.

“We all had a word with ourselves after Rochdale, and that’s the kind of response we wanted - which we got.”

The Irishman’s goals either side of the break started and finished the scoring, with Madden stating that to have added a third for himself would have been a nice addition.

However, he insisted three points are all that count - no matter how they are claimed.

“It (a hat-trick) can’t seem to come. I think I must have about 20 braces now, and I can’t seem to get that hat-trick,” he declared.

“However, it may sound like a cliche, but the most important thing was that we got back to winning ways.

“For me to get two goals is an extra bonus, and something I’m delighted with.”

Success over Neil Harris’ side ensured Madden and his team-mates ended the year unbeaten at Glanford Park - an outstanding achievement in the striker’s eyes.

“To get promoted you need to have some sort of good form, either if you’re good at home or on the road,” he explained.

“The form at home this calendar year has been magnificent, which is a reason why we’re top of the league.”

Scunthorpe now go to Bradford City on Boxing Day full of confidence, in a game Madden feels will again be crucial.

Despite the subsequent clash with Bolton Wanderers on New Years Eve, the 26-year-old highlighted the importance of taking each game as it comes.

“It’s another massive game, and they’re one of our closest rivals. We’ll look to go there and get three points, and open that gap with Bradford even more,” Madden stated.

“If you get too ahead of yourself and look three games down the line instead of concentrating on the next one, you’ll get punished.

“If we keep performing like we have been, then hopefully the gap is opened up even more come the new year.”

See much more from Paddy Madden, Graham Alexander and Hakeeb Adelakun on The Iron PlayerHD.

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