International boss's praise can set striker on goal trail
PRAISE from Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni can inspire Paddy Madden to rediscover his golden touch in front of goal, according to the striker himself.
Last season's League One top scorer returns to Huish Park on Saturday for the first time after playing more than 20 minutes of the Republic's goal-less draw with Wales last week.
And although the 23-year-old was disappointed not to make the most of a trio of chances that fell his way, Madden was boosted by the words of his national team manager after the final whistle.
Trapattoni compared Madden to Nottingham Forest's Simon Cox, describing him as "very useful" before vowing to monitor his progress ahead of two crunch World Cup qualifiers next month.
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Madden, who is yet to score in Yeovil's opening four games, said he was not getting carried away about a second call-up but admitted he was flattered by the former Juventus and AC Milan boss's words.
"You learn from your mistakes and for one chance I should've taken a touch but I will learn from that and hopefully take my chance if I get called up to the next squad," said Madden.
"To represent your country at senior level is what every little kid who likes football in Ireland dreams of and to get that opportunity is magnificent.
"Before the game I didn't even know if I was going to be on the bench. My family probably would have come over if they'd known. I was just delighted to be involved in the set up and thankfully I got that 25 minutes.
"The gaffer (Trapattoni) said I did very well so I will take that and for a manager of such high quality to say that is a bonus. I will now concentrate on doing well week-in, week-out for Yeovil and hopefully that second cap will come.
"Trapattoni is a fantastic manager so to have someone like that say you have done very well is a great confidence boost and I'm looking forward to Saturday, going into the game with a lot of confidence."
On his early removals against Millwall and Birmingham City, Madden added: "I thought my Millwall and Birmingham performances were good.
"Obviously the goals weren't there but my overall performances I was happy with. But obviously it's a squad game so if the gaffer (Gary Johnson) feels he needs to change things then that's the way it goes."
Madden – who drilled 24 in all competitions last season – has targeted 15 goals from his first season in the second tier of English football.
"My goal at the start of every year is 15 goals in all competitions, so I will be happy with that," he said. "But once I get that I will want more.
"Last year I got thereon a role and finished as League One top scorer. I'm hoping to do the same again.
"I can provide a threat in a deeper role as well for other people. I just try to do my best for the team and get that goal I want for the team. Once I get one they keep coming."
Glovers' boss Gary Johnson added: "I was surprised he didn't get a call-up last year but it helps with his confidence. He's seen other international players in his squad that he has no need to be in awe of, which helps as well.
"He's obviously very pleased to be in the squad and it was a very proud moment for him, his family and us as a club. I'm sure with what the manager saw that he will be including him again."