Banished Brown is punished by Paddy
PADDY Madden’s finishing was the difference as Scunthorpe United won the FA Cup battle of two League One rivals.
The Irishman struck in each half – both of them remarkably similar goals, emphatic finishes after Southend United had failed to deal with a corner into the box.
“It wasn’t a good game, but it was about getting through and we’ve managed to do that,” said home manager Mark Robins.
“The only bits of quality came from Paddy, especially his second goal, because he waited for the perfect moment to shoot and he put it on a postage stamp in the top corner.
“It was a poor tie in difficult conditions, but that’s not an excuse for the way either team played.The ball was in the air far too much.
“We’ve got to believe we can go as far as we can in this competition and we’re in the hat, so hopefully we can get a decent draw. For that we’ve got to thank Paddy for his quality.”
Madden broke the deadlock in the 16th minute, firing in from on the edge of the six-yard box after a corner from Luke Williams had bobbled around in the box.
It was harsh on Southend, who had been the better side for the opening exchanges, but they were level on the halfhour courtesy of a lovely passage of play.
Substitute David Worrall turned inside his marker and crossed across the edge of the penalty area, from where midfielder Ryan Leonard found the bottom corner.
Honours were even at the break – but only thanks to home keeper Luke Daniels, who got down well to his right to keep out a curling effort from Myles Weston in the 42nd minute.
The second half was quiet, but when a corner from the right was again not dealt with by the visitors, Madden kept his head amid a scramble to pop the ball into the top corner.
It was an opportunity missed for Shrimpers boss Phil Brown, who watched the final few moments from the stands after being ordered off the touchline by referee Peter Bankes.
He groaned: “Paddy Madden is a goal scorer and an opportunist – but how many chances do we have to create?
“The first half was so one-sided, but we couldn’t deal with route one football, which is a big, big problem. I’ve stuck with my centre-halves, back four and goalkeeper, but maybe now it’s time for a change.
“We played well in the first half and then continued that for the first ten minutes of the second. But for some reason, when Scunthorpe brought Darius Henderson on, we defended differently.
“That put us on the back foot and then we went backwards and looked insecure. It’s disappointing we’re out of this competition, because we controlled the game until they made a substitution.”
STAR MAN MYLES WESTON