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PAYNE SAYS CONFIDENCE IS HIGH

15 December 2018

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Jack Payne insists confidence is high ahead of this afternoon’s Sky Bet League One battle with Walsall (3.00pm).

City host the 10th-placed Saddlers looking to move to within three points of safety.

Payne has spoken of how he believes the Bantams have “turned around”.

And the former Blackburn man knows a vital three points are at stake today.

The attacking midfielder said: “Walsall got a big win against Sunderland in the cup but this is about the league.

“They have performed well this season but it is all about how you do on the day.

“We are very confident going into this game and believe we can get the victory.

“Whilst we might not have been getting the results in the league, we do feel like things have turned around for us.

“We always take it game by game, without getting too far ahead of ourselves, and concentrate on getting all three points.”

Tuesday’s Emirates FA Cup second-round replay against Peterborough United presented a demanding task with over 120 minutes of football played.

But Payne says the desire of the squad will drive City to improved league performances via a gruelling schedule over the Christmas period.

He added: “We showed what we can do on Tuesday. We came up against one of the best sides in this division and scored four goals against them.

“We have taken the positives from it into the preparations for this one.

“We are scoring more goals and playing with an intensity and fluidity which allows us to compete.

“The chances are coming our way. We always knew we had the ability to start getting goals and are now seeing it.

“Personally, I am happy to be scoring goals but the important thing is the rest of the team are contributing too.

“The fans have really taken to it. We saw the impact they had on us to help us get back into the Peterborough game.

“Their support is massive and gives us the extra boost to compete.

“It is important we pick up some results in the coming home games to give the fans the belief that we are up for the fight.”


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