SHAYON Harrison is keen to build on his first start for Southend United.

The on loan Tottenham Hotspur youngster showed a number of neat touches during the 0-0 draw at Bury on Tuesday night.

And the 20-year-old hopes to have done enough to stay in the starting line-up for Saturday’s clash with Portsmouth at Roots Hall.

“As a young player you want to be playing as much as you can as early as possible so I’m happy I got the opportunity at Bury and hopefully I can push on from here,” said Harrison.

“Obviously I would love to start again against Portsmouth on Saturday and I’ll give everything in training but obviously there are players coming back.”

Harrison started alongside Freddie Ladapo against Bury as Marc-Antoine Fortune dropped down onto the bench and Simon Cox missed out altogether due to personal reasons.

And Harrison enjoyed lining up against the Shakers.

“It was a great experience for me,” said Harrison.

“We’ve trained well and we got a good win at the weekend against Wigan which we wanted to build on and I think we can be really proud of our performance.”

Blues shaded the first half at Gigg Lane and had the better of the opportunities in the stalemate Harrison felt the visitors should have won.

“The pitch was starting to frost in the second half but we still tried to play the way we wanted to play and I thought we were the better team,” said Harrison.

“Maybe we should have come away with three points.

“We had a few chances and maybe we should have scored a couple of times in the first half.”

The goalless draw also extended Chris Powell’s unbeaten start as Shrimpers manager.

Powell has taken 10 points out of 12 since replacing Phil Brown at Roots Hall.

And Harrison is enjoying playing for the Shrimpers boss, who made the striker his first signing.

“The gaffer is doing a great job and we’re all buying into his plan,” said Harrison.

“We’re all working as a team and it’s really paying off.

“I’m really enjoying it and with Marco (Fortune), Coxy and Freddie as well we are a real threat.

“We’re all really looking forward to Saturday now but we know it’s going to be another difficult game.”

Portsmouth are currently ninth in the League One table, five places higher than Blues.