Jack Payne was full of mixed emotions following Southend United’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat at the hands of AFC Wimbledon.Payne got his first senior goal to get Blues off to the perfect start, before adding a second to make it 2-1 to Phil Brown’s side.
But the Dons equalised in the 90th minute and won the game on penalties, despite Payne scoring his spotkick.
The defeat left the youngster disappointed not to have won, but pleased to have got off the mark for Southend United.
He said; “It’s disappointing not to have won the game, but of course I’m happy to have scored my first two professional goals.
“It would have been great if the goals could have helped us to win the match. A little bit of shine is taken off them because we haven’t won the game.
“The first goal came early and meant I could settle and just really enjoy the game, it was such a good feeling to score my first professional goal.
“With the second one, I was very pleased with it. I knew as soon as I hit the ball it was going in and the celebrations were great.
“Unfortunately they got a late goal and we weren’t able to win the game on penalties. I thought we should have wrapped the game up long before that though.”
Payne will now be hoping to make his first start in the league when Oxford United visit Roots Hall on Saturday.
He added: “Hopefully my performance here tonight means the manager will pick me for Saturday’s game but he’s a very experienced manager and I know he’ll make the best decision for the team.
“All I can do is keep impressing when I get the chance, like I have done tonight, and hopefully I will push myself into the starting line-up regularly.
“I think if I can get a run of games I can get some goals. I was pleased to get two against AFC Wimbledon and hopefully there are more to come.”