SOUTHEND United’s caretaker manager Gary Waddock praised the resilience of his players after this afternoon’s 1-0 win at MK Dons.

Charlie Kelman’s early goal handed the Shrimpers their first League One victory of the season.

And Waddock was quick to praise everyone involved as Blued also dug deep to keep their first clean sheet since January.

“I’m delighted for the players, the staff, the supporters and the chairman as well,” said Waddock.

“It’s been challenging over the last few weeks and to come here against a very good side and get a clean sheet and an away win is very good.”

Waddock brought Kelman back into the starting line up and he was happy to see the youngster repay the faith shown in him.

“I’m pleased for Charlie,” said the former Wycombe Wanderers boss.

“He works very hard on his game but from the top end of the pitch to Ox in goal they all put their bodies on the line.

“A lot of hard work has gone into this.

“It was backs against the wall at times, we can’t deny that but we could’ve scored more on the counter attack ourselves.”

However, Waddock is now determined to make sure Blues build ob the win.

“It’s no good turning up here and winning and then not turn up for the next few games,” said Waddock.

“We have to be consistent in what we’re doing.”