JOE Pigott fired Southend United to a 2-1 victory at Portsmouth on Saturday – and Shrimpers boss Phil Brown is now trying to extend his loan spell until the end of the season.

Pigott, who has now scored two goals in three games for Blues, is on loan from Charlton Athletic for an initial 28 days.

But Brown wants to keep the youngster at Roots Hall for far longer.

“Joe is doing well and we've made enquries about extending his loan until the end of the season,” said the Shrimpers boss.

“He came here originally on a 28 day loan but he's got himself a couple of goals so we're in talks with Charlton about making the loan spell longer.

“He's enjoying himself here and we're hopeful of resolving the talks next week.”

Pigott's goal made it back to back away wins for Blues and came after Ryan Leonard had cancelled out an Adam Thompson own goal which had earlier given Portsmouth the lead.

The Shrimpers had substitute Barry Corr sent off in the last minute before Portsmouth had Paul McCallum red carded in stoppage time.

But Blues were still able to come out on top, much to the delight of match-winner Pigott.

“Winning here is a brilliant result and I'm really happy,” said the 21-year-old.

“We've had two great wins in a row now and in both of them it's been back to the wall stuff towards the end.

“However, we've dealt with the pressure and we've got the points both times which has been brilliant.”

Pigott's heavily deflected effort, midway through the second half, secured the latest win at Fratton Park.

And the youngster was eager to impress after feeling he was fortunate to stay in the starting line-up.

“Maybe I was a bit lucky to start in front of Barry because he scored the winner at Oxford last week so I knew I had to do well,” said Pigott.

“Thankfully I was in the right place at the right time when the ball dropped in the box and it was great to see it go in.

“It's even better that it got us three points because coming here is a very tough game.”

Pigott's goal also delighted Blues' travelling support of more than 1,200 fans.

And the striker was full of praise for how they got behind the team.

“The supporters were brilliant, even in the warm up,” smiled Pigott.

“They've been excellent since I've been here and hopefully they can keep it up.

“At times they were even louder than the Pompey fans and it was great.”

The fans could also be heard singing Pigott's name throughout the afternoon, with several chants of 'Feed the Pig and he will score.'

Pigott insisted that had given him a real boost and he now hopes to hear it on a more regular basis.

“I've heard it a few times before in my career but I loved hearing it again,” said Pigott.

“It spurs me on and can hopefully help me get a few more goals.”