Youngster on his appearance against York City, and how he's hoping for a first league start in the near future
Youngster Jack Payne was pleased to make an impression against York City on Saturday, and has now eyed his first league start for the club at Northampton Town on Tuesday.
The midfielder replaced Michael Timlin in the 56th minute, and looked lively against the Minstermen, going close to breaking the deadlock in the 0-0 draw at Bootham Crecent.
He has made 13 appearances for Blues so far this season, with his two starts coming in cup competitions, and has now targeted a first league start.
Payne said: “I was really pleased to get on against York on Saturday and I thought I did okay, it was just a shame we couldn’t win the game.
“We were probably the better team but we didn’t create too many chances. I managed to get one, and hit it early, but the keeper saved well.
“I am really hoping I can keep getting chances to impress the manager and the fans. He has shown a lot of faith in me and it’s really a big confidence boost.
“I’ve made a couple of starts this season, both in the cup, so now I’m hoping to progress and make a start in the league. Hopefully Saturday’s performance will have helped my chances.
“It’d be great to make that start against Northampton on Tuesday. We know it’s going to be a tough game, but we’re still full of confidence.
“I think it just needs one win for us and then we can go on another good run, as we have done on a few occasions this season after some tough results.
“We’ve done a lot better in the last couple of games, and the clean sheet was good on Saturday, so we just need to build on that now.”
Payne has featured regularly for the development squad this season, and his goalscoring form is impressive.
He has found the net 11 times in 11 games so far this season, and has been delighted with the amount of games he’s been able to play.
He said: “The friendlies have been really good for me, because it’s given me another chance to impress the manager.
“I’m pleased with how I’ve been playing in them, and I’ve got 11 goals in the games we have played so far.
“I do see myself as the attacking midfielder just behind the striker so goals is an important part of that role.
“Obviously I work as hard as I can in training to impress, but the games are a really good chance to show what I can do.”