Ireland's Paddy Madden credits Yeovil manager for meteoric rise

The Yeovil Town striker has hailed club boss Gary Johnson for his recent success after coming off the bench to make his Republic of Ireland debut in midweek
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has thanked club manager Gary Johnson for putting his faith in him over the past 12 months, helping the Dubliner finish League One stop scorer, lift the Playoff Trophy, and cap it off with a first international appearance with the Republic of Ireland.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Madden credited Johnson with his recent rise. "I've said before plenty of times, the gaffer gave me my chance, and always had confidence in my ability," Madden said. "Once I got given that chance he thought that I would do well. Thankfully I hit the ground running with Yeovil last year, and that obviously led to me scoring a lot of goals, and then an international call-up."

The 23-year-old was a late addition to Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland squad for Wednesday's international friendly with Wales, and came off the bench to put in an impressive cameo performance for the Boys in Green. "It was amazing just to be involved in the set-up for the last few days," Madden said. "That was a big plus for me to get recognition for my goals last year. Obviously to get the 25 minutes that I did was amazing, and I'm delighted to make my debut."

Madden has yet to play a full game for the Glovers in the Championship, but feels that he put in decent displays in both of Yeovil's matches so far this season. "I think my Millwall performance and then my Birmingham performance were good although obviously the goals weren't there," Madden said. "But I think I was happy with my overall performance. But it's a squad game, and so if the gaffer feels that he needs to change it, then that's the way it goes."