Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, after his side had beaten Milton Keynes Dons 2-1 on Tuesday 29th January 2013.
PM: We're buzzing. We're up to seventh position now, so all the lads are buzzing in there. We'll have a big game on Saturday against Brentford, so we'll have to make sure that we're prepared for that one, and to try to get the same result again.
CS: You scored twice in a fantastic win up at Sheffield United, but that was seventeen days ago. What's it been like not being able to play football all this time?
PM: Yes it's hard. Obviously the gaffer has had us in training and working hard, so that we don't get lethargic. You just have to get on with it really, when the games aren't there to be played. We still came in and trained hard, and we came in and got a good result tonight.
CS: Seventeen days ago you were on the verge of getting into the play-offs then. How frustrating has it been to see that gap extend through no fault of your own, but just through inactivity?
PM: Yes it's hard because we've been playing well and so it sort of breaks up your momentum. But as I've said, that's just the way it happens. We've kicked on again tonight and we've got another great three points and it puts us back up there, and it puts the pressure on the teams that are around us again, which is good.
CS: Your best mate and your house mate set you up for the first. Is that how you talked about it over your dinner last night?
PM: (laughs) Well, I think we have a great understanding when we play with each other. I thought he had a great game tonight. He put a great ball in and I just put it in the net.
CS: And the second one was another fantastic cross.
PM: Yes, Ed (Upson) has that in the locker. It was brilliant. I think he put one in like that against Shrewsbury as well when we played them away. So as I've said before, the service all round the pitch from the lads for the strikers is amazing, and thankfully I am putting the ball in the back of the net.
CS: Two goals, and you couldn't stay out of the incidents. What happened with the incident that led to Antony Kay getting sent off?
PM: He nudged me off the ball, and I just got up and reacted and said 'what are you doing?' and he ran into me with an elbow. You can't be doing that, so I think he deserved the red card.
CS: And you picked up a yellow card. Did the referee tell you what that was for?
PM: No, I couldn't understand what that was for at all. I was sort of standing there, and everyone off their line was having a pop at me. But he'd come into me with his elbow, so what else could I do?
CS: It was important to keep your head in that sort of situation, because there were lots of people trying to provoke you, weren't there?
PM: Yes, that's it. The gaffer and others just said to calm down. I was getting a bit heated myself with everyone nudging me and pushing me. But I had to keep my head and not let it worry me though. There was still a good bit of the game to go, so you don't want to retaliate and get sent off yourself.
CS: You've said already in this interview that all the lads know you're seventh now and just three points off the play-offs. Is there a growing belief that the momentum can take you into the top six?
PM: Yes, absolutely. That was our aim, to get into the play-offs. We're doing very well now, so as I've said we have to keep it up, and who knows where it might lead? Our aim for the end of the season is that we want to be in those play-offs, and I think we have the squad to do it, and I'd back us to get in it.
CS: Fourteen goals for you now. Surely that twenty mark has got to be what you're aiming for, isn't it?
PM: Yes, hopefully - I'll just take each game as it comes. Hopefully I can keep getting the goals. The most important thing is that we get the three points and we keep pushing up the table. Whether I get the goals or the other lads get the goals, once we get the win that's the main thing.
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