Payne delighted to score dream first goal for Crawley Town

Crawley Town's Josh Payne. Picture by PW Sporting Photography SUS-170502-200916001
Crawley Town's Josh Payne. Picture by PW Sporting Photography SUS-170502-200916001

Crawley Town midfielder Josh Payne had only been on the pitch 12 minutes having come off the bench in the second half when he scored the spectacular winning goal at Wycombe direct from a free-kick.

This was certainly a fantastic way for the former West Ham youth to net his first goal for Reds.

He revealed he could see a good oppportunity to take this one with his right foot from the left hand side, just outside the area.

Payne said: “I was ready, I was eager to take the free-kick as well.

“Hendo (Conor Henderson) stepped up next to me, he’s left-footed but I fancied the free-kick and it was nice it went in.

“I think Coxy (Dean Cox) fancied it as well, but it was my time to take the free-kick and luckily it went in!

“I don’t mind any free-kicks to be honest and I looked at that one and I fancied it.

“It was a little bit further out than I would have liked but I thought it gave me a little bit more chance to get more power on it and get the ball up and over, so I’m pleased with it.”

Payne reckoned Crawley did brilliantly to comeback from conceding an early goal before going on to win the game.

He said: “It’s an away game, it’s important to stay tight and stay in the game, which we did in the first half.

“They got the early goal but we showed character to get one back.

“The second half was always going to be a bit more physical and more direct but I thought we were brilliant.”