Jamar Loza’s impact at Southend hailed by Norwich City Under-21s boss Mark Robson

Norwich City striker Jamar Loza. Picture: Action Images / Tony O'Brien

Norwich City striker Jamar Loza. Picture: Action Images / Tony O'Brien - Credit: Action Images

Norwich City Under-21s boss Mark Robson has spoken of his pride at seeing Jamar Loza star for Southend United on Monday night.

The 19-year-old Canaries striker, who joined the Shrimpers on a month's loan earlier this month, put in a man-of-the-match performance for Phil Brown's men, who saw off Oxford United 3-0. Loza scored, and had a hand in the other two goals, in front of the watching Robson, who feels the forward is gaining invaluable experience with the League Two outfit.

'From everybody involved, and certainly from the academy in the last few years, we're really proud of Jamar,' said Robson. 'Being there watching him I can say that he was really good. I'm probably a little bit biased with him being a Norwich youngster but he was the best player on the pitch.

'The goal he scored was excellent and thoroughly deserved.'

Robson is hoping an extended spell at Southend will help his young forward progress after already impressing with the under-21s this season, scoring eight goals in the process.

'He's been doing exceptionally well with us – he's been banging the goals,' he added.

'He's more than capable of coping at that level, and the fact that we hope he's going to get more games while he's there will do him the power of good and that's great for the future of him and Norwich City.'

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City under-21s, without Loza, earned a 1-1 draw against Southampton on Monday afternoon but Robson felt his side should have come away with all three points.

'Before the game, going there you'd be happy with a point but actually we've come away disappointed that we didn't get all three,' Robson told canaries.co.uk. 'We played very well in the first half, and to be truthful were by far the better team and created a number of chances. On another day, we would have scored three or four.

'It wasn't so good in the first 25 minutes of the second half, they got on top of us and had a few chances themselves, but we finished quite strongly.'

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