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MADDEN BOOSTED BY MIDWEEK VICTORY

17 March 2017

Paddy Madden says both he and his Scunthorpe team-mates will be striving for a front foot opening to proceedings when they face Oxford United.

Ahead of this weekend's trip to the Kassam Stadium, Madden waxed lyrical about the Iron’s second half display against Rochdale in midweek, and the Irishman states it’s about producing that standard of performance from the off this time round.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD, Madden said: “Oxford are a good side, and we of course know what they’re all about.

“If we played like we did in the second half (on Tuesday), I don’t think many teams in this league will be able to live with us.

“It’s important that we don’t take longer to start, and start performing more like that in the first half.”

That dramatic triumph on Tuesday night acted as an ideal confidence booster for the whole squad, Madden explained as United enter the closing stages of the campaign.

He highlighted there’s still a great deal to left to play for, and added that he feels the Iron are well placed to achieve a strong finish to the season.

“A 93rd minute winner gave us that added lift which we all needed,” he declared.

“I think in the first half they probably deserved to be in front, but in the second half we came out, took the shackles off and just went for it.

“Personally, I believe that will kick us on now for the last run.

“There is a great bunch of lads in there that work hard, and it’s important that we keep doing that regularly.

“You saw on Tuesday what a bit of hard work and quality can do. We made Rochdale look an average team in the second half, through hard work and quality.

“It’s crucial now in the final push we give it our best and who knows what will happen.”

The Irishman notched his 10th strike of the current season in the win over Dale, but he admitted while personal glory is of course pleasing, the team always comes first.

Madden stated: “I think I’m one goal away from being the top League One goalscorer over the past four seasons, so that’s a nice achievement.

“However, the most important thing was that we got back to winning ways.”

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

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