SOUTHEND United manager Chris Powell was a happy man after winning his first ever penalty shoot out as a manager.

Blues beat Luton Town 4-2 on spot-kicks in the second round of the Checkatrade Trophy after the tie had ended 1-1 after 90 minutes.

And Powell was to see his triumph on spot-kicks.

“It’s my first ever penalty shoot out as a manager and it was great to get the win,” said Powell.

“We prepared for it and we went through the whole process.

“I gave them pointers and I told them not to run up to take the penalties because sometimes you get caught up in the emotion of it all.

“I told them not to hurry because it’s your time when the referee blows his whistle and don’t try and be clever by chipping it.

“Just make sure you don’t make any mistakes with the process and then leave Mark Oxley to do what he does best.

“He made two saves and I’m pleased with how we responded to going behind because we didn’t get despondent and came back to win it."