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No Payne no gain, says Jack

The loanee says Rovers require maximum effort and maximum points during the run-in

23 March 2018

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Rovers midfielder Jack Payne says the players will give their all in pursuit of promotion during the last nine games of the season.

The Blues currently sit top of the League One standings, one point ahead of Shrewsbury and two ahead of Wigan, though the Latics have games in hand.

Speaking during the annual EFL Day of Action, during which Payne met children participating in the EFL Kids Cup, he says the target is clear.

“No matter what position we’re in we need to win as many games as possible," he told reporters.

“So we’ll go in to every game giving it our best to win, no matter how the other teams do. We’re going to aim to win as many games as we can.

“You can’t look too far ahead, I’m sure that teams will drop points between now and the end of the season.

"We have to make sure we drop as few as possible.”

By the time Rovers face Bradford next Thursday, it will have been a long break between games, following the postponement of last weekend's trip to Gillingham.

And with several players away on international duty, Payne says it's been business as usual for those still in East Lancashire.

“It was frustrating for the Gillingham game to be called off," he added. 

“We worked hard during the week to prepare for it and we knew that we had a break afterwards so we really wanted to get the game played.

“But it is what it is, we have to deal with.

“It’s another game in April so we need to make the most of our little break now and put our heads down and get our heads down for that.

“It’s great for some the lads to be called up for international duty. It’s obviously an honour to represent your country, so fair play to them.

"Hopefully they can come back and it can be a real positive for them, and us." 

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