Jack Payne savoured a sweet first goal for Huddersfield Town and smiled: “It made up for missing out on a place in the starting side.”
After appearing from the off against both Brentford in the Championship and Shrewsbury Town in the League Cup, the £500,000 summer signing from Southend United stepped off the bench to slot the 82nd-minute goal which cemented a 2-1 win at Newcastle United and put Town joint top of the table.
Left out in favour of Nahki Wells, who scored Town’s first, as David Wagner tweaked his tactics, Payne, 21, said: “I was disappointed not to be in starting side, but the boss gave me his reasons and that’s fair enough.
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“He did it for the best and the plan worked, so there are no arguments from me.
“Bringing Nahki in freshened things up, gave us something different and maybe surprised them.
“Rotation is part of the plan here.”
Payne struck within minutes of coming on in front of a 52,079 crowd, including more than 3,000 Town fans.
“I was so happy to get that goal,” added the man who scored 17 for Southend.
“Our fans were unbelievable, so loud, and it was great to make them happy, because they deserve to be.”
Now Town aim to make it three wins from three when they head to Aston Villa.