Defender delighted to get the winning goal at the Greenhous Meadow.Match winner Stephen Hendrie was delighted to get the goal to give the Blues all three points over Shrewsbury Town.
The Scotsman’s strike 11 minutes from time was enough to give ten-man Southend United victory at the Greenhous Meadow.
Hendrie, currently on loan from West Ham United, was pleased he and the team managed to see the game out against strong opponents.
“It was a really tough match.” Hendrie said.
“The boys really dug-in; obviously going down to ten-men meant it was harder, but we showed how strong we can be.
“Regardless of the performance, I’m just delighted to get that winning goal today, and us getting the three points is the most important thing.”
It was a special night for Hendrie, as his goal was his first in senior football.
The finish was a product of a fantastic counter from the Blues, who exploited the gaps left behind by Shrews pushing for a winner themselves.
Something that was well deserved for the team’s efforts Hendrie says.
“When you’re a man down, you start to think about securing a point, but there’s always that chance you can nick one as they push players forward.
“When the ball got to the by-line, I was going to go to the front post, but then I just checked my run and ran to the back, where it fell right in front of my feet to put it in.”
“When you work hard you want to get your rewards, and I thought every player worked extremely hard today to earn the three points.”
The result means that Southend are outside the play-offs on goal difference on 44 points.
Though Hendrie admits the players are taking it one step at a time, he believes with the current momentum the team has, nothing is impossible.
“When I came to the club, we were sitting in ninth, and now we’re level on points with a play-off position on 44 points.
“Looking at the table, I think we can get reach the play-offs.
“Everybody in there knows we can, but we want to keep our feet grounded, and take it game by game.”
Hendrie and his team-mates will look to capitalise on the Shrewsbury triumph when they take on Colchester United in the Essex derby at Roots Hall.
The Scottish U21 international is relishing the prospect of his first ‘Battle of Essex’.
“It’s a massive game for us being a derby; everybody loves playing in derbies.”
“It will be my first derby for Southend, and I just can’t wait to get to Roots Hall, and hopefully we can get the three points again.”