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Jack targets more assists for the O’s

PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 October 2015

Leyton Orient midfielder Jack Payne in action against Wycombe Wanderers (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient midfielder Jack Payne in action against Wycombe Wanderers (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Midfielder has become a key member of Ian Hendon’s squad over past two months but aims to keep improving

Leyton Orient midfielder Jack Payne celebrates after scoring his first goal for the club at Morecambe (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient midfielder Jack Payne celebrates after scoring his first goal for the club at Morecambe (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient midfielder Jack Payne has revealed he is looking to add more assists to his game as the League Two campaign progresses.

He scored his first goal for the O’s on Saturday at Morecambe and it was enough to earn a 1-0 win at Globe Arena.

It was a lucky goal and the first the 23-year-old has registered since finding the net for Peterborough against Sheffield United back in March.

Payne, on-loan at Orient from Posh, is trying to continue developing his game and praised the movement made by the forwards at the E10 outfit.

“I want more assists to be honest, I am working on the training field getting the ball on the half turn and looking forward and trying to pick a pass,” said the former Gillingham midfielder.

“I had a couple of chances to do that at Morecambe, but the balls weren’t great that I played through.

“The forwards movement is really good so it is easy to put them in, you have just got to make sure that last bit of quality is right and if it is we’ll be feeding them to score some more goals.”

Although Payne’s effort on Saturday was fluky, he didn’t mind at all, but did concede it was the most bizarre he has ever scored.

He charged down a clearance from Seasiders defender Ryan Edwards and it flew into the home goal.

It was the luck Orient had been asking for and they ensured it provided them with three points.

Payne added: “I have not really scored any stranger goals than that, it’s the strangest one I’ve got.

“I don’t score many so I’ll take them when they come. It was just all about the three points, not the scorers, but it was nice to get one.”

Aside from his goal, Payne was one of the best players on the pitch at Globe Arena alongside his midfield team mates Sammy Moore and Bradley Pritchard.

The trio have been used in almost every match since the draw with Cambridge United on September 12 and have definitely struck up a good partnership.

“All our midfielders are clever, even the ones that are on the bench or the ones not involved at Morecambe,” added Payne.

“We are a clever group of footballers and we know how we want to play and how to so if somebody is out of position, somebody else will cover them. That is how it works and we all understand each other so it’s good.”

Payne’s influence in the team appears to grow with each passing week and you suspect more is to come, which is a hugely exciting prospect for the club and Orient supporters.

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