Goal-shy Paddy’s Mad for it now

In the goals: Paddy Madden hit the net for Yeovil at Sheffield United
In the goals: Paddy Madden hit the net for Yeovil at Sheffield United
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Paddy Madden is proof that a change of club can sometimes work wonders for a footballer.

The Irishman could hardly hit a barn door for Carlisle in his 18 months there.

But he has been far more prolific since joining Yeovil earlier in the season.

Madden has netted 11 goals in 17 appearances for the Somerset club, who play host to Preston tomorrow.

He scored both Glovers’ goals in last Saturday’s shock 2-0 victory at high-flying Sheffield United.

That followed a double in his previous appearance when Leyton Orient were beaten 3-0.

Madden, 22, joined Yeovil on loan in October.

Seven goals in that temporary stay saw him make a permanent move on New Year’s Day.

The £25,000 transfer fee paid by Yeovil looks a bit of a snip.

Madden revealed that the build-up to last weekend’s win over the Blades involved watching DVDs of Bristol City from the days when they were managed by current Yeovil boss Gary Johnson.

He said: “In the hotel last Friday night the gaffer showed us a DVD of his promotion from League One with Bristol City and that helped us.

“We all want to get into the play-offs and who knows where it can lead us?

“It was a great team performance from all the lads last week and we got the win we deserved.

“We were on top for all of the game and thankfully came out with three points.

“At half-time we had a chat and decided we had to be more clinical.

“In the second half we made the most of the chances which came our way.”

Madden’s 11 goals put him top of the Yeovil scoring charts, ahead of striker partner James Hayter, who has netted eight in the league and two in the Johnstones Paint Trophy.

The Glovers’ interest in the JPT ended in the same week as it did for North End, with them beaten 1-0 at Leyton Orient.

But in and around that defeat have been three wins on the bounce in the league. That run has lifted them up to eighth, just a point behind the play-off pace.

Preston’s visit to Huish Park is the first of three consecutive home games for Yeovil.

It is a sequence Johnson is urging his side to take full advantage of.

The Glovers manager said: “We certainly see it as an opportunity.

“Preston are still a big club and are like Sheffield United to me, with their history and size.

“It is the first of three vital home games for us and if we can produce a performance like we did at Sheffield United then hopefully we can at least start believing in ourselves.

“Our relatively inexperienced team keeps showing that one week we can be very competitive at this level, and another week we are not very competitive. But they are gaining experience as they go along now.

“We are probably not going to get relegated and, as a club, we should start thinking, ‘Actually, we have put ourselves in a pretty strong position with four wins out of five’.

“We have got some massive home games coming up and they are games to show our quality because there shouldn’t be any fear now – we are just a point from the play-offs.”