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Jack Payne: Two points dropped against Shrewsbury Town

8 February 2015

Midfielder believes Blues should have won, but is delighted to be back in the team again.

Southend United midfielder Jack Payne felt it was 'two points dropped' at Shrewsbury Town, following a 1-1 draw in Sky Bet League Two.

The 20-year-old opened the scoring for the Blues, and that looked to be enough for Southend to end Salop's home undefeated run, until a Tyrone Barnett wonder goal grabbed a late equaliser for the hosts.

Payne had expertly put the Blues ahead with a terrific right-footed drive into the top corner after turning Mark Ellis.

And the youngster was very pleased his well executed finish.

“I think it was a good goal from a tight angle,” Payne said.

“There was only one place it could have gone. Tims (Michael Timlin) is always sharp and on his toes. He looked up, and saw my movement. I took it on my right side and was delighted to see it go in.

“It could come to either us or them getting that last automatic place, so although I feel it's two points dropped, it could work out to be a good point at the end of the season. 

The Blues top scorer took his tally to seven for the season, and admits he has been frustrated at not getting game time recently, but is aiming to keep his shirt, ahead of two upcoming home games against Cheltenham Town and Accrington Stanley at Roots Hall.

“It's frustrating to not be in the side, of course. You want to be playing every game, but we do have a good squad here at Southend, so it's understandable why I haven't been in the team recently.

“I want to stay in the side, and I want everyone to be scoring goals. It's about the team, and not just about me, despite being top scorer, which is nice to be as well. 

“We have two home games coming up. We'd like to win them and I think we are capable of doing so. We're going into the game full of confidence, and are on a good run.”

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