Ban­ished Brown is pun­ished by Paddy

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FIRST ROUND - By Andy Cooke

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.”



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