MAR­CUS IS KING OF THE AS­SISTS

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Luke Baker

MAR­CUS Mad­di­son, on his day, is the best player in League One, says his Peterborough boss, Grant McCann.

Mad­di­son him­self is un­der­stand­ably flat­tered but is not rest­ing on his lau­rels as he tar­gets more goals and greater con­sis­tency.

As­sists are cer­tainly not an is­sue for the winger as he had pro­duced a League One high of 15 be­fore the week­end.

Eight goals – in­clud­ing a spec­tac­u­lar strike against Charl­ton last week­end that fea­tured a cou­ple of stepovers be­fore dink­ing the ball into the far cor­ner – is also not a bad re­turn, but Mad­di­son ad­mits he ex­pected more af­ter notch­ing 13 last term.

Yet the 23-year-old is adamant that, as he gets older, he takes more plea­sure in set­ting up his team-mates.

“Goals-wise I haven’t been as good this year, but as­sists­wise I’m up there,” he said.

“I’ve got to con­tinue that and, if I’m help­ing the team win games, then that’s all that mat­ters.

“I used to be a striker in the youth teams and goals are what mat­tered to me. But the more as­sists I get the more I re­alise there are both sides to the game.

“My all-round game has got to change as I get older. Goals do mat­ter but they’re not the only thing.

“When I watched the Charl­ton game back, I thought I could have been bet­ter in the first half, but in­di­vid­ual mo­ments change games and luck­ily those mo­ments came from me.

Plat­i­tude

“I’m def­i­nitely try­ing to be more con­sis­tent. You’ve got to look at train­ing dif­fer­ently, look af­ter your­self off the pitch a bit more and ap­proach games in the right way.”

Asked why the goals haven’t been as forth­com­ing, some play­ers might re­spond with a plat­i­tude about the ball not fall­ing right for them.

For Mad­di­son, though, the rea­son for his re­duced tally is clear – the con­stant nig­gles he was bat­tling ear­lier in the cam­paign.

“It has been a bit of a stop­start year for me,” ex­plained the for­mer Gateshead man. “I got in­jured, which put a bit of a damp­ener on my sea­son for a cou­ple of months but I’m back to my best now.

“I played through in­jury, which ham­pered my per­for­mances. I know it’s a bit of an ex­cuse but I wasn’t right.

“I’d say that’s the rea­son I haven’t got as many goals, but I be­lieve they will come now.” While Mad­di­son’s sea­son has been up and down, the same could be said of Posh. The ex­pected pro­mo­tion push never re­ally ma­te­ri­alised and he con­cedes there is a sense of dis­ap­point­ment around the ABAX Sta­dium. “We had a blip in De­cem­ber-Jan­uary time but that hap­pens in foot­ball. You have to pick your­self up and go again,” he added.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Images

GOAL-MAKER: Peterborough's Mar­cus Mad­di­son has 15 as­sists al­ready. Inset: Grant McCann

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