SOUTHEND United midfielder Luke Hyam bagged his first goal in five years but was still left feeling frustrated at Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

Hyam powered a fine 20 yard shot into the roof of the net to put Blues 2-1 in front with just 10 minutes of the match remaining at Highbury.

But Ched Evans’ penalty stopped Hyam’s effort being the winner, much to the annoyance of the 27-year-old.

“It felt brilliant to score but unfortunately it wasn’t the winning goal,” said Hyam.

“We’ll take the point but it’s frustrating not to get all three because that’s what we were after.

Away from home a point is good and we’ll go again next week but it’s not nice drawing after going in front twice.

“However, the lads did well to grit their teeth after their second equaliser and we didn’t concede a third so hopefully the lads can take confidence from that going into next weekend against Wycombe.”

Hyam’s goal was his first since hitting the back of the net for Ipswich Town against Wigan Athletic back in September 2014.

And the midfielder was quick to point out he had been far from prolific throughout his career.

“It’s the fourth goal of my career so I don’t score many,” said Hyam.

“I don’t normally even shoot to be honest but I won’t hit many cleaner than that and it was nice to see it go in.”

Hyam was given more freedom to get forward with Rob Kiernan, who is normally a centre-back, lining up alongside him in the midfield.

And Hyam thoroughly enjoyed linking up with the former Rangers man.

“We worked on it in training for a couple of days,” said the midfielder.

“Rob hadn’t played in there for years but I thought he did very well and we were very solid.

“It gave us a platform to play from and we picked our right moments to play. “

That resulted in Blues picking up a point in Kevin Bond’s first game in charge.

And Hyam is now determined to build on the promising display.

“When any manager comes in it’s a fresh face and people will always give that extra little because they want to impress the new guy,” said Hyam.

“He’s stating his own philosophies on the game and trying to make us hard to beat.

“I think it’s been a good first week but we have to build on it and hats off to the fans who have travelled all this way to support us, it’s brilliant.”