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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Paddy Madden: I lost my confidence sat on Carlisle Utd bench

Paddy Madden says he’s banging in the goals for Yeovil because he doesn’t fear the hairdryer treatment from his new boss.

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Paddy Madden

The Carlisle United cast-off has scored 18 times this season, including 10 in the last seven games, and his goals have lifted Yeovil from 16th to fourth place in League One.

Scouts from Championship clubs are also flocking to Huish Park to watch the striker who is becoming one of League One’s hottest properties.

Madden revealed he lost confidence by being confined to the bench at Carlisle, and credits Yeovil manager Gary Johnson for his 15 goals since first joining the Glovers on loan in September.

The Irish Under-21 star said: “The gaffer here lets us play with freedom. You make mistakes and he doesn’t mind when you’re working hard.

“There’s no pressure on us to go out and perform — it’s up to us to go out and do it.

“Johnson has given me my opportunity. People are starting to see what I’m all about now, that I can score in the league. Down here there’s a great chilled vibe. The place is buzzing because we’re nearly in the play-offs.”

After scoring seven goals while on loan at Yeovil, Johnson signed Madden permanently from Carlisle for what is believed to be a £25,000 fee in January.

His latest goal came in a 3-0 win at home to Scunthorpe on Saturday – and his new-found fortunes are a startling contrast to his time on the bench at Brunton Park.

Madden added: “I was playing the last 10 or 15 minutes each game and it’s not enough to get your confidence up. But I’m getting my opportunities now. My team-mates keep creating the chances and I’m just putting the ball in the net.”

Madden is League One’s man of the moment after being named player of the month for January in recognition of his goals.

He is due to return to Brunton Park for the first time since his transfer on March 23 when Carlisle host Yeovil.

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