Paddy Madden: Why Fleetwood Town fans are the secret of my goalscoring success

Paddy Madden topped Town's goalscoring charts
Paddy Madden topped Town's goalscoring charts
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Paddy Madden says the Cod Army have been key to his goalscoring form and feels the constant support of the Fleetwood Town faithful makes him relaxed on the pitch.

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Former Carlisle, Yeovil Town and Scunthorpe United forward Madden was frustrated to miss out on his 20-goal target last season, ending Town’s campaign on 19 – four in the FA Cup and the rest in League One.

But the striker says the fans were key to him finishing the season as Town’s top scorer – one ahead of fellow frontman Ched Evans – as they settled his nerves on the pitch.

And after signing a new three-year Highbury deal, the 29-year-old hopes for more of the same in the 2019-20 campaign.

He said: “The fans have made it very easy for me.

That is one of the reasons I have done so well – because I have that relaxed feeling.

“Some fans would maybe get on players’ backs but these fans are very vocal, with George (super-fan McLaughlin) in the stands getting the atmosphere going.

“The fans have been great and I cannot thank them enough.”