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Payne: Versatility With Systems

12 January 2017

Midfielder On Formation Options

Jack Payne says Blackpool can comfortably perform in various formations this season, given the options available in the squad. 

The midfielder has been part of differing systems in recent weeks - 4-4-2, 3-5-2 and a diamond - and he feels results will dictate the best one moving forward. 

"We can just switch, we've got the versatility and players here to do that," he said. "It's about finding one where we hit a bit of form and then we'll probably stay in that one."

From experience the 25-year-old knows the diamond, which the team utilised against Wycombe Wanderers in midweek, very well from his playing time with his previous club. 

"I played in it when I was at Peterborough, we played that system all the time. It's nice for me because I know it inside out," he revealed. 

"I normally just sit in there and try and get on the ball as much as I can. It just allows everyone else to go and express themselves further forward, knowing that they've got a base with a back four and a sitter there to protect."

Payne, who admits to being near the level where he needs to be in recent matches against Grimsby and Barnsley, was a second-half substitute when Blackpool's participation in the Checkatrade Trophy came to an end on Tuesday night. The main focus, as always, remains on the league ahead of an Emirates FA Cup replay. 

"The priority is the league and everyone knows that but it's nice to have a good cup run, and we're still in the FA Cup. We were gutted that we lost the other night on penalties but it's just a lottery when it gets to them," he admitted.

The Seasiders head to Cambridge United this weekend looking to extend a three-match unbeaten run away from home, with The U's currently one of the division's in-form sides. Though above Blackpool in the table, it won't take on any greater significance than normal.  

"We think every game is important because we know where we need to be, and we need to get wins under our belts to be there. Every game is the most important because it's the next game," Payne added.

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