SOUTHEND United left-back Stephen Hendrie wants his impressive display against Oldham Athletic to be the sign of things to come.

The Scotsman impressed in his first League start since September against the Latics.

And the 22-year-old is now determined to build on his comeback, which was heavily praised by Blues boss Phil Brown.

“My aim is to stay in the team and play as well as possible for as long as possible,” said Hendrie.

“I really enjoyed being back out there on Saturday and I was really pleased with how it went.

“When you haven’t played for so long you’re not really sure how you’re going to be feeling and your confidence does take a wee hit.

“But I was happy with how I played and to get the three points along with the clean sheet was excellent.”

Hendrie’s work-rate caught the eye of Shrimpers boss Brown with the after match statistics revealing the defender had covered 11.8kilometres during the game and had sprinted 991 metres.

However, Hendrie now wants more of the same at Peterborough United tomorrow night in the Checkatrade Trophy.

“It’s a big game because we want a cup run and this is our last chance,” said Hendrie.

“For myself personally, hopefully I’ll get another chance to play and I can do well for the team again.

“I was quite surprised about the distance I covered after being out for so long but there was a lot of running to be done in the game.

“I’ll be working hard again if I’m given the chance at Peterborough and hopefully we can get a similar result to the one on Saturday.”