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Match Reaction: Jack Payne says winning run shouldn't be of any surprise

22 November 2014

Midfielder delighted as Blues make it three wins on the trot with narrow victory over Tranmere Rovers.

Opening goalscorer Jack Payne insists Southend United's return to form is no surprise whatsoever after Phil Brown's side earned a third consecutive victory in Sky Bet League Two against Tranmere Rovers.

Brown's men travelled to Prenton Park on the back of good wins over Mansfield Town and Hartlepool United, and Payne was delighted to get back on the scoresheet after a couple of games without a goal.

“It's a massive win. It's so tight at the top, so it's another important three points for us,” said a beaming Payne.

“The Chester result was a disappointing one for us, but I'm not at all surprised to see us bounce back in the league with three wins on the spin. We have some strong characters in the squad and they have all played a part in us getting back on track.

“The likes of Tranmere are the places that are difficult to come. They try and make it hard for us and they're battling for their lives. I'm enjoying playing behind the frontman as it allows me to get on the ball, create and score goals.”

The midfielder expressed his delight at being back in the Blues' lineup and is intending to keep the shirt when Northampton Town come to Roots Hall next week.

The 19-year-old also states that Southend will be aiming to 'entertain' the supporters, but says the result is more important.

“I'm really enjoying playing in the position I like the most. I'm enjoying playing with everyone. David Worrall's been unreal since he's coming in – he's got goals and assists in him and everyone is playing well.

“We want to entertain the fans when we play at Roots Hall, and that's what we want to do next week against Northampton Town. We want to make it four wins in the league now. It's about results though and we'll have to make sure we earn the three points as well.

“It wasn't the best of months in October but I always knew we would bounce back in style.”

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