Paddy Madden 'buzzing' after setting Yeovil Town goal-scoring record at Doncaster Rovers
Paddy Madden always knew he was good enough to blaze a goal-scoring trail in npower League One but just wanted the chance to show it.
The on-fire Yeovil Town striker created history on Saturday when he scored in an eighth consecutive game, opening the scoring in the 1-1 draw at Doncaster Rovers.
He broke a 50-year-old record just months after arriving at Huish Park as a virtual unknown as a then-loanee from Carlisle United.
Irishman Madden found opportunities incredibly hard to come by in Cumbria, making just seven starts in 18 months.
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However, 18 goals in 23 appearances in green and white for Madden has shot Yeovil to within a point of npower League One's top two, himself to the top of the goal-scoring charts and sent a clear message to his former employers.
Discussing his time on the sidelines at Carlisle United, Madden said: "It makes you wise up because I always knew I was good enough to play, it was just getting that opportunity and a run of games.
"The gaffer down here (Gary Johnson) has given me that chance and I am hopefully just repaying him."
On setting a club record, he added: "It's a brilliant achievement for me and on a personal note I am buzzing to be at a great club like Yeovil and now being in the record books is a big achievement.
"It has been the highs and lows of football this season. I know I have scored a few goals but the main thing is I keep working hard and don't get carried away. I will just keep working hard and score as many goals as I can."
Madden gave the Glovers a sixth minute lead at the Keepmoat Stadium, pouncing on Jamie McAllister's angled free kick that was spilled by keeper Gary Woods.
The 22-year-old said the bare pitch combined with Doncaster's towering back line made for a challenging afternoon.
Madden said: "It was like the ball was on a trampoline. It was really hard to play on but it was a good point at the end of the day.
"They were big giants and we could have probably kept the ball on the ground a bit more but with players like that we will know the next time.
"(For the goal) the ball's come into the box and you have to expect the unexpected, the keeper dropped or and I came in.
"To please God I will hopefully get on the score sheet on Tuesday but the main thing is we get the three points and get into the top two."
Boss Johnson hailed his record-breaking hitman but added that defensive errors denied the Glovers all three points against Rovers.
"When you score early away from home you know the opposition are going to throw caution to the wind pretty soon after to get the goal back," he said.
"A couple of bits of lapses in concentration towards the end of the first half cost us the goal. Three mistakes up there cost us the goal and that's what happens when you make three mistakes.
"For Paddy to get the record is great, that's another thing we have done and if we can go to Colchester United on Tuesday and get the three points it will have been a good point at Doncaster."