Monday 9 December 2019

Dubliner Paddy Madden ready for Chelsea date

Paddy Madden
Paddy Madden
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Scunthorpe striker Paddy Madden hopes his side are ready to emulate the biggest FA Cup upset of recent years when they travel to face might Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

A Bradford City side that included Irishman Mark Yeates pulled off a sensational 4-2 win against Chelsea a year ago, with Dubliner Madden believing his League One side can follow their example as they get their shot at the Blues.

While becoming a trophy winner with his beloved Manchester United may have been at the forefront of his mind as he grew up in the Dublin outpost of Coolock, Madden eager to snatch the chance to be a back page hero for one day at least.

“There has been a real buzz around the training ground over the last few days, as you can imagine,” the striker who is Scunthorpe’s leading scorer so far this season with 14 goals told the Sunday World.

“You don’t get moments like this too often when you are playing for a League One club and we are all determined to go to Stamford Bridge and give a good account of ourselves.

“I’m sure the bookies are not giving us too much hope of getting the win, but the same of true of Bradford when they went to Chelsea last January and ended up winning 4-2.

“Chelsea were the form team in England when Bradford beat them and as they have been struggling a little in the last few weeks, we go there thinking we have half a chance of causing the upset.

“We have worked hard to get into the third round and when I was watching the draw with my fellow Irishman and team-mate Stephen Dawson, we were hoping to get one of the big Premier League teams away from home.

“As Man Utd fans, we’d have loved a trip to Old Trafford, but we were dancing around the room when Chelsea at Stamford Bridge was thrown up and it gives us a great chance to show what we are all about.

“I have never even been to Stamford Bridge before, so I’m looking forward to the whole experience.

“Days like this are some of the most memorable you will enjoy in your career and all of the Scunthorpe lads are determined to make the most of it.”

Jamie Vardy’s rapid rise from lower league football to the bright lights of the Premier League with Leicester has fuelled the suspicion that talent is being ignored lower down the English football ladder.

Yet Madden is not the type to look on with envy as Vardy is transformed into a household name, as he is content with his lot in a career that has included some memorable highs.

“You look at what Vardy has done at Leicester and it probably suggests there are players in League One and the Championship who could do a job in the Premier League,” he added.

“I’m probably not good enough to play in the Premier League, so I don’t look at Vardy and say it could have been me. I am honest about what I can do, even if I have great faith in my abilities.

“What I have shown is that I can be an effective goal scorer in League One. I’m sure I could do it in the Championship as well if I was given a chance, but I don’t look back on my career and wonder what might have been. I view it the opposite way actually.

“I’m having a fantastic time at Scunthorpe and when I look back on the last few years, I’ve scored goals in a play-off final at Wembley, played for Ireland at senior level and enjoyed an exciting career. It’s been brilliant.”

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