SOUTHEND United boss Kevin Maher dedicated Saturday’s 2-0 win at AFC Fylde to the returning Callum Powell.

The fit-again forward played the final 13 minutes in place of Danny Waldron after recovering from the knee injury which had previously kept him sidelined since September.

And Maher was delighted to see the striker back in action.

“It’s unbelievable and we said in there that win was for him,” said Maher.

“He’s worked so hard after being out a long time.

“He’s back sooner than anyone probably would’ve thought and we’re pleased to get him on the pitch.”

Powell had scored twice in 11 games before being forced to the sidelines after being injured against Aldershot Town.

But the 28-year-old has brought his energy back into the Shrimpers squad.

“He’s infectious around the place and he will chase everything,” said Maher.

“I’m delighted for him because sometimes when you have a bad injury you worry this moment might not ever come and worry about your career.

“But he deserves this for his dedication to the game and he works harder than anyone.”