Date: 9th August 2016 at 2:07pm
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Having made his Barnsley debut in the weekend’s Championship opener against Ipswich Town, Stefan Payne has spoken of the game and his hopes for Northampton Town in the first round of the League Cup.

Speaking to the Official Site in his own pre game press conference ahead of the second game of the season, Payne looked back to his debut and explained.

‘It felt great coming on, I was obviously disappointed with the result but we will kick on. It means a hell of a lot, it just shows the determination and hard-work you put in to get to that level pays off. I was in the league before but I think it`s been five years now since I`ve last been there. It just shows what I`ve done and what I`ve achieved when I`ve come on in the Championship.’

Payne also spoke about his life choices, and dismissed the notion that ‘all’ footballers do very little work and sacrifice even less with the riches in the game.

‘A lot of people say footballers don`t do much, but since I`ve been 16 and played football at a high level I haven`t really lived. The average person can go out and do what they want but we have to stay in and be disciplined, watch what we eat and all that. When I look back, it was a hell of a lot to do.’

So to cap that off, a victory tonight and progression through to the second round of the competition has to be the aim.

‘We`ve got to look at the positives, we`ve got Northampton tomorrow and if we can get a win there and get the confidence we can go into Saturday. It`s about winning as many games as you can and getting as far as you can. It`s a confidence boost if you can win games in the cup as it sends you into the league firing.’

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