SOUTHEND United manager Chris Powell felt his side’s 1-1 draw at Charlton Athletic felt like a victory for the Shrimpers.

Powell’s side were reduced to 10 men midway through the first half when Dru Yearwood was sent off.

But Blues were still able to pick up a point, much to the delight of Powell.

“It almost feels like a win,” said Powell.

“It’s been very tough for us and there’s been some soul searching from me and the group.

“The support from our fans drove the team on.

“The big turning point was the sending off but we could’ve nicked it at the end.

“However, a point for us at this present moment is very good.”

Blues took the lead before Yearwood’s dismissal when Stephen Humphrys netted from close range but the Addicks equalised after the break with Ben Reeves heading home.

But the Shrimpers dug deep to secure a share of the spoils.

“We had to dig in and block crosses,” said Powell.

“Nathan Bishop made two excellent saves but that’s why he’s there.

“For a team that doesn’t draw it was a worthy point and I’m certainly more proud than I was of them last week.

“But we have to go again on Tuesday at Doncaster now.”