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Stefan Payne Pre Walsall

13 April 2017

Striker looking for back to back goals against Walsall

Shrewsbury Town Striker Stefan Payne is hoping his goals can guide Town to safety.

Payne was talking ahead of tomorrow’s game with Walsall, where Town can edge further away from the League One relegation zone.

Stefan scored his first Town goal against Rochdale last weekend and admitted that it was a brilliant feeling,

“It’s a great feeling to be finally off the mark”, Payne told the Press.

“It’s just great to score a goal and hopefully continue my scoring form in the next four games. As long as I can keep scoring goals between now and the end of the season and we stay safe then that is all that matters.”

“I couldn’t have planned it any better really. To score the goal early on and then continue on and get the victory is very good. It’s always great scoring goals, but for it to contribute in us getting out of the relegation zone is a great feeling.”

Stefan believes the confidence in the dressing room is high and he is looking forward to the game against Walsall.

“I can’t really say that we’ve had much of a dip in confidence”, said Stefan.

“We’ve always known that we can get ourselves out of it, it’s just disappointing that we’d dropped into the relegation zone. But, now we are out of it and relegation is in our own hands the confidence is very high that we will kick on and continue to do well.

“Scoring on Saturday means you are looking forward to the next game. You ca’t wait to play the next game and hopefully score again. But, for me being fully fit and back playing games is the most important thing and I can’t wait to play again tomorrow.

“Everyone’s playing for next season, so if you aren’t in the team you are trying to get into the team for next year and you don’t know who’s watching. So, it’s not one of those games where no one has got nothing to play for because you’ve always got something to play for.”

The Barnsley loanee has experienced a number of local derbies over the years and he is hopeful of a similar atmosphere tomorrow.

“I was on the bench in the Leeds/Barnsley game and that was a very good atmosphere, so hopefully it can be something like that tomorrow”, said Payne.

“I don’t think they liked each other much and it was very feisty, there were fans kicking off in the background, but Barnsley got the win so it was an even better atmosphere.”

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