CHARLIE Kelman could be set for more pasta-fuelled Fridays after firing Southend United to a 1-0 win at MK Dons on Saturday.

The 17-year-old bagged the only goal of the game on his return to the team.

And his match-winning role added to his grandad’s birthday celebrations.

“It was my grandad’s birthday on Saturday so I went round his on Friday and had pasta with him,” said Kelman.

“He told me to get a goal for him so that was one for him.”

Kelman fired home from 12 yards to guide the Shrimpers to their first League One win of the season.

And, after picking up just one point from their first eight games, the Wickford-based youngster was thrilled to help Blues break their duck.

“It’s been a long time coming for us,” said Kelman.

“It had seemed as though there was always something stopping us winning but it’s an unexplainable feeling really and it was a big relief when the final whistle went.”

The victory was also the first Blues have secured with Gary Waddock as caretaker manager.

And Kelman feels Waddock has made a big difference since taking control.

“Gary has brought everyone together and the team environment is a lot better now,” said Waddock.

“We got rewarded for that here but we have to keep on going and make sure we build on this now.”

Kelman has now scored three goals for the Shrimpers this season. But his latest effort came from him lining up on the right wing.

“I was put out there on the right wing but I’ll do anything to help the team,” said Kelman.

“There’s obviously nothing better than scoring but it’s the three points that mean the most.

“I would’ve been happy whoever scored just as long as we won.

“We needed the victory and everyone is happy in there. It’s the best changing room atmosphere I’ve seen in a long time.”

However, Kelman is now eager to keep his place in the team.

“I’ve been in and out but I think I’ve shown my worth,” said Kelman.

“Hopefully I can push on from here now too.”

Kelman’s winner came in his first game back from lining up with USA’s under-20 team and he is keen to sample more international action.

“I learnt a lot and I was playing with boys from Barcelona and Celtic and that’s the next level for boys my age,” said the youngster.

“But I held my own and it was a quality experience so hopefully I’ll get another call-up.”