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Stefan Payne Post Rotherham

19 November 2017

Match winners thoughts after the late 2-1 win at Rotherham

Stefan Payne has praised Shrewsbury Town’s togetherness following our 2-1 win over Rotherham at the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Saturday.

The victory came courtesy of Payne himself, as the striker netted his ninth goal of the campaign three minutes into added time, after Jon Nolan and Richie Towell has traded strikes earlier in the game.

The former Barnsley man was quick to herald Town’s determination after the win, which ensured we maintained our four-point lead at the top of SkyBet League One.

“We’ve got some real togetherness in this team,” he told the assembled press. “We attack together and defend together, and we’re all chipping in with goals, too.

“It shows the character we’ve got – to come back and win with 10 men,” he added. “We feel like anything’s possible, and it just shows the characters and determination we’ve got in this team.

“Even with 10 men we’re pushing for the win, we’re not accepting the draw. We’re sitting in, being sensible and attacking when we needed to – we’ve got a real belief and we want to keep proving people wrong.”

Payne, did however, admit netting the winner was among his favourite moments of the season so far.

“There’s no better feeling than scoring the winner, and getting that win”, he said. “It’s up there with the sweetest moments of the season so far.

“I think we deserved the win over the 90 minutes, the attackers will take the plaudits for getting the goals, but we’ve won as a team and defended really well.

“Obviously, I want to keep scoring, but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter who scores, or how we score. As long as we keep winning and stay top of the league that’s all that matters.”

Paul Hurst’s men now turn our attentions to Tuesday night’s clash with 24th-placed Bury, where league leaders Salop will look to build on the hard-fought win over Rotherham.

“For us, we don’t look at the table too much, we just go onto Bury on Tuesday now,” said Payne. “It won’t be easy and we go there with the same mentality as we did today.

“Hopefully get another three points [on Tuesday] and then we do again Saturday. Not having a game last week, it felt like we hadn’t played in ages, so it was good to bounce back today.”

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