Paddy Madden capped an outstanding October for his club by being named Ligue 2 Player of the Month.
Paddy becomes the first County player to win the award since Greg Tansey in December 2010, after a bumper month that saw him score five goals and attend one in six League Two games. His form has also coincided with improved results on the pitch, with County losing just one of seven games played in October.
It is the first time the Irishman has won the award himself, although he was named Ligue 1 Player of the Month during his spell at Yeovil Town in January 2013, when he scored six goals in just three games for the Glovers en route to winning the divisional Golden Boot.
His recent form has seen him take his tally to 38 goals in just 80 appearances for the club, as he seeks to become the first player to score 50 goals for County since Brett Angell in 1997.
On accepting the award, Paddy Madden said:
“Obviously I’m delighted to be named League Two Player of the Month. It’s always nice to receive individual praise, but a big shout out has to go to all my team-mates and Club staff. Without their great performances over the last month, winning an award like this wouldn’t have been possible, so I just want to say a big thank you to them.
“Obviously the focus now is on maintaining this run that we are pursuing, making sure that we have a good month of November and that we continue to move up the league table.
First team manager Dave Challinor said:
“Glad that Paddy has won this award. It’s not just a reflection of his own good form over the past few weeks, but the performance and form of the team as a whole as we’ve really started to find our feet at this level.
“Everyone will naturally look at the number of goals and assists, and he’s been outstanding in that respect, but he’s given us so much more than that in terms of work rate and pressure on the ball – as our captain. , he’s a real leader for us and sets the tone for the rest of the team.