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Friday, 27 March 2015

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Carlisle Utd scorer Paddy Madden tipped to go from strength to strength

Graham Kavanagh tipped Paddy Madden to go from strength to strength after the young Irish ace inspired Carlisle United to the win that took them into the play-off places.

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Paddy Madden scores

Madden ended more than a year’s wait for his first United goal in the thrilling 3-2 win against Yeovil at Brunton Park.

His strike at the Warwick Road End capped a man-of-the-match performance from the ex-Bohemians man on just his third start since his move to Carlisle in January last year. And Greg Abbott’s No2 Kavanagh said his countryman should now be able to play with even greater freedom now he has ended his hoodoo.

“I’m delighted for Paddy that he got his goal, and it’s a monkey off his back,” said Kavanagh.

Impressive Madden yesterday tweeted that he was “buzzing” after notching his first goal in English football in his 24th appearance for the Cumbrians.

United needed another last-gasp strike from Francois Zoko to see off Gary Johnson’s side, who had twice come from behind to equalise earlier goals from Lee Miller and Madden.

The dramatic strike took United up to sixth, leapfrogging Stevenage who lost 2-0 at Charlton.

The victory extended Carlisle’s unbeaten run at Brunton Park to 12 games and allowed them to bury the memory of last Monday’s televised 4-0 hammering at Brentford.

And it set up another big play-off tussle next weekend when the Blues go to eighth-placed Notts County.

Abbott saw his selection changes pay off, as Danny Livesey impressed in place of the dropped Lubo Michalik, while Tom Taiwo replaced the injured Paul Thirlwell.

Miller marked his return from suspension with a 32nd-minute penalty, as Liam Noble was left on the subs’ bench.

Kavanagh, though, admitted he was disappointed that more fans than the 4,265 attendance had not been at Brunton Park to see Carlisle breathe new life into their promotion push.

“It’s great to get the win - I just wish more people had been here to see it,” he said.

Leeds defender Ben Parker played the last game of his month’s loan spell and United have yet to reveal whether they plan to push for an extension.

Matty Robson’s fitness will be assessed this week as he gets closer to a return from a back injury.

United are in Cumberland Cup action tomorrow night when they host Penrith in the quarter-finals.

Carlisle’s youth team enjoyed a 3-0 home win against Wigan with Mark Beck (two) and Dave Symington on target.


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