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Thursday 21 November 2019

Ton up for marksman Madden

Dubliner Paddy Madden is currently at Fleetwood Town. Photo: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images
Dubliner Paddy Madden is currently at Fleetwood Town. Photo: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Dubliner Paddy Madden has spoken of his pride after reaching the 100 goal mark in English league football.

The 29-year-old has forged a very respectable career across the water since leaving Bohemians in 2011.

He has played the majority of his football at League One level and reached the league century with a late equaliser for his current club, Fleetwood Town, against Wycombe on Tuesday night.

Madden picked up a solitary Irish cap under Giovanni Trapattoni in 2013 after a prolific spell during which he played a pivotal role in Yeovil's promotion to the Championship.

Carlisle was his first port of call in England and he had a spell with Scunthorpe before joining Fleetwood in January of last year.

The player is delighted to have lasted the course after some challenging times at Carlisle where he struggled to make any impact.

"If you had said to me when I was at Carlisle, when I first came over, that I would have got 100 league goals in England, I probably would have said you're crazy," said Madden.

"I've had self belief and confidence in my ability to score goals. I'd like to thank all the coaches and players I've worked with. It's all down to them as well."

Madden scored 19 goals for Fleetwood in all competitions last term and has struck three in five outings in the new English campaign.

Joey Barton is his club boss and he has paid tribute to Madden's striking instinct, pointing to how his goal on Tuesday was a rebound after his initial attempt was blocked.

"If there are any young strikers out there, they need to see his goal," said Barton. "As all good strikers do, he follows up and scores. To score 100 league goals is no mean feat."

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