Yeovil Town's Gary Johnson believes tactical voting could be behind Paddy Madden's award snub
Paddy Madden’s snub from the npower League One player of the season awards could be down to tactical voting according to his surprised manager.
The Irishman has proved a revelation since initially moving to Yeovil Town from Carlisle United on loan, going from a peripheral figure at his former club to the division’s top scorer.
However, 20 league goals in the Glovers’ promotion push were not enough for Gary Johnson’s compatriots to name Madden in the annual accolade.
Instead, Leon Clarke – who has scored 19 times in temporary spells with Scunthorpe United and Coventry City – earned more votes.
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The Charlton Athletic man will contest the award alongside AFC Bournemouth and former Swindon Town wide man Matt Ritchie and Notts County midfielder Alan Judge.
Johnson said: “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.”
Madden, 23, remained philosophical and said being overlooked would not distract his focus from firing the Glovers back into the play-off spots.
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.”