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Match Reaction: Jack Payne gutted at Blues' FA Cup exit

9 November 2014

Midfielder bitterly disappointed as Blues fail to progress in the competition.

Southend United midfielder Jack Payne admits that he and his team-mates were bitterly disappointed after Blues bowed out of the FA Cup following a first round defeat to Chester at Roots Hall.

Goals early in the first and second half sealed Chester's progression, despite Barry Corr equalising for the hosts from the penalty spot mid-way through the first half.

“The aim is to get as far as we can and we've got knocked out in the first round,” Payne reflected. 

“We're not happy. Chester were impressive. They are a good team and they certainly didn't get lucky – they deserved it.”

The midfielder, who came on in the second half for the final 20 minutes as a substitute, admitted he was surprised with the fitness of Steve Burr's side throughout the game.

“I knew Chester would be tired so when I came on I thought I'd get space. Their fitness levels for a non-league side were very good. Certainly better than I expected.

“The match the previous night showed that upsets do happen. For non-league teams, coming up against Football League opposition is a big game for them.”

And Payne feels Blues need to learn from the match against the Conference outfit and produce a better performance – and result – when Hartlepool United visit Roots Hall for a Sky Bet League Two clash next Saturday.

“We will learn from the defeat and will look to make sure we improve massively for the Hartlepool game next week.

“If I'm picked for the game, I will be looking to make the most of it and to take the opportunity if it is given to me.”

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