Scunthorpe United striker Paddy Madden has told the Scunthorpe Telegraph that his and his team’s excellent recent form must continue this Saturday at struggling Swindon Town.

The Iron head back into league action having taken fifteen points from the last eighteen available and on Saturday progressed into Round Two of the FA Cup having despatched of fellow League One side Southend United at Glanford Park.

Madden’s impressive form in front of goal has been crucial for the Iron this season with the Irishman netting no fewer than twelve goals which has not only propelled his side into a promising position in the table, but has also relieved the pressure on manager Mark Robins who as a result has just scooped the League One Manager of the Month award for October. .

The 2-1 win against Southend – of which Madden grabbed both goals – was solid if far from pretty, but to head back into league action off the back of another win will help ensure that he and his team-mates are confident of continuing their good form.

“It was a massive result, because wins breed confidence. We are into the hat which is what we wanted, and it was a good performance all around,” Madden told the Telegraph.

“Swindon is a tough place to go, so we’ll have to perform like we have been doing. If we do, we should be alright.”

The Iron’s last away game in the league produced a 3-0 thumping of Chesterfield and only a 2-1 reverse at the then leaders Gillingham – a game in which they dominated for long periods, was sandwiched by a convincing 4-2 win at Oldham.

On paper, the clash against a Swindon side who are only off the bottom of the league by a narrowly superior goal difference over Crewe, should offer Scunthorpe an excellent opportunity to make more inroads on the top six, but it will also be new manager Martin Ling’s first home game in charge since returning to the club.

The former midfielder, who helped the club into the Premier League under the leadership of Glenn Hoddle in the 90’s, witnessed his new charges suffer a disappointing 3-1 reverse at Rochdale in the FA Cup on Saturday, highlighting the challenge of the task ahead. Ling elected not to pick the team for the game – a decision which alienated some Swindon fans , but will take full charge of first team affairs on Saturday.

The County Ground will undoubtedly be bouncing as they welcome back a legend of the club so the Iron will need to be at their very best if they’re going to spoil the script. But with theirs – and Madden’s brilliant recent form, it would take a brave man to back against them.


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