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Payne Acknowledges Competition In Performances

16 May 2017

Midfielder Pleased With Current Contribution

Jack Payne says competition in the middle of the park is helping to bring out the best in his own performances. 

The 26-year-old has been a key performer for Blackpool as the campaign reaches its climax, having been restored to the starting line-up for the last 16 matches. 

The former Peterborough United man is happy with how things are going but acknowledges the quality of Neil Danns, Jordan Flores and Ian Black in pushing him for a spot.    

"The last quarter of the season has probably seen my best football to be honest. I got in the team and my performances have made me stay in the team, so hopefully that can continue on Thursday," Payne told the official website.

"You know that you need to play well, because if you don't play well then people can come in and do better. It's good to have (that competition) around the place because it gives everyone a buzz, everyone needs to train well everyday and when you get into the game you know you've got to perform."

As stated, Payne will be aiming to retain his place in the side for Thursday night's play-off semi-final second leg at Luton Town, in a game that The Seasiders hold a one-goal advantage going into.  

"Obviously we got a lead, so we're grateful for that, but it's only one goal," he admitted. "We got one here and then we were 2-1 down within a matter of five minutes so we know it's only slender, but it's given us a good platform to go and build and hopefully get the right result. 

"I thought the first game was going to be a bit cagey, but to be fair it was like a basketball match in the first-half. We got on top a bit in the second-half and made it count, which is what we want to do when we go down there, stamp our authority on the game and play our game," he added.

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