Paddy Madden: Yeovil Town goal record has already proved point to Carlisle United
Paddy Madden believes he returns to Carlisle United this weekend having already proven his point with Yeovil Town.
The Glovers hotshot has proved a revelation since initially moving south on loan in October, going from a peripheral figure at his former club to npower League One’s top scorer.
Madden, 23, has smashed 19 goals in 28 appearances for the Huish Park outfit, firing the team he joined permanently in January into promotion reckoning.
Meanwhile, Carlisle have faltered and enter this weekend’s clash on the back of a turbulent week where manager Greg Abbott has stated he will not walk away from his role.
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Irishman Madden endured a tough 18 months at Brunton Park, being restricted to just a handful of starts and only two goals as a result.
However, he said the weekend encounter was more about Yeovil bouncing back to winning ways after defeat to Swindon Town on Tuesday than his Carlisle past.
“We have to treat every game the same and as results are showing any is capable of beating anyone in this league,” said Madden.
“We will go there prepared. Carlisle are a good side, we won’t take anything for granted and will work hard for the three points.
“Consistency at the moment is not really the greatest there. They are a good side and on their day they can be dangerous. We have got to make sure we are prepared and ready.
“It should be exciting. I do have some good memories up there. Obviously it will be nice to see the lads again but I am a Yeovil Town player and I want to do my best to win the game for Yeovil Town.
“I have proved my point and I have come down here and scored 20 league goals. My point is proved. I will go up there, treat it like any other game and hopefully get on the score sheet. The main thing is we get up there, get the win and get back into the play-off spots.”
Madden’s performances this season have not been enough for him to be named amongst the three candidates for the League One player of the year accolade.
Voted for by managers, Coventry City loan forward Leon Clarke, Notts County midfielder Alan Judge and AFC Bournemouth’s Matt Ritchie are up for the accolade.
Madden said he was unconcerned by the snub and would continue to target goals that propel the Glovers into the Championship.
He said: “The game is full of opinions, it’s not something I worry about. I didn’t get in but hopefully if I keep scoring goals I will get there next year.
“I will keep trying to score goals. You can’t get nominated for everything, it’s nice to pick them up but it won’t worry me.”
Boss Gary Johnson added: “There could be a lot of tactical voting. Is the Walsall manager going to pick Paddy Madden when he’s got Will Grigg? I’m not saying it was him (Dean Smith), though.
“I’m surprised because generally a top goal scorer in the league who has been up there would be there. But maybe you have to ask the other managers why they have picked those players.
“I picked a group of lads that I thought was right but maybe the others have done as well and there were some who got more votes than Paddy.
“He’s won enough honours and if he wins us the league then that will be the biggest and the honour we all want.”