Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admits that the football club need to find another Paddy Madden if they are to become successful again, after watching his side draw 0-0 with Mansfield Town tonight. The Irishman was a roaring success during the club's 2012-13 League One promotion season as he came in from Carlisle United, and helped score one of the two goals that got them into the second tier in the Wembley Stadium play-off final. Sold to Scunthorpe United midway through the following 2013-14 season, after he suffered a downturn in form during the club's Championship season, he has been prolific for the Lincolnshire club, showing that he can certainly do the business at third tier level.
Since then, the club have struggled for consistent goalscorers, with Francois Zoko their current top goalscorer, albeit on just ten goals. Despite bringing in five new attacking players during the January transfer window, none of them have found the back of the net for the Glovers, and with the club currently the lowest goalscorers in League Two, Way admitted this was a big problem:
"The only way you win games is by scoring goals and it's definitely a department that we need to look into. I've said to the players as individuals, collectively and as a team, to just take that responsibility when you wear that shirt. I think we've looked over the last three years that we've had at this football club, and what strikers have we had that have scored on a regular basis? I'm afraid to say the last one that we had was Paddy Madden. We have to do everything in my powers to invest heavily to make sure we get a striker who has got that responsibility to share that workload and help others out. It can't just be Francois Zoko."
Whilst Way was pleased with his side's defensive performance tonight, particularly recognising Sponsors Man of the Match Bevis Mugabi for his stand-out performance, he admitted he was not happy with referee Chris Sarginson's decision to allow Mansfield keeper Scott Shearer to remain on the pitch despite a fifth minute handball outside his box, when Kevin Dawson lobbed a goalbound shot. Needless to say, Way didn't think Shearer should have been on the pitch:
"It was a clear sending off. I thought the referee's decision was poor. But I don't want to be a manager that makes excuses. But if I have to be honest, if that wasn't in the first five minutes then he would clearly have to go, because the ball was carrying momentum towards goal, and quite clearly he lifted his hand. It would have changed things. At Notts County you've got to grind out a result away from home. The ball goes from back to front and I thought today in the first half, we tried to change that. We had good passages of play, and I was looking for that in the second half as well. But unfortunately we didn't get those combinations and we had to hold on for a draw."
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