12:30 31st March 2014
by Norwich City Football Club
Winger gets assist on Southend debut
JACOB Murphy is hungry for more after making his Southend United debut in their 1-0 win over Torquay United on Saturday.
The winger, who joined the Shrimpers on loan until the end of the season last week, came on as a 61st-minute substitute and assisted Freddy Eastwood for the winning goal.
Murphy, who enjoyed a similar spell at Swindon Town earlier in the season, is hoping to play a big part in the Essex club’s push for promotion from League Two.
“I just want to play as many games as possible between now and the end of the season and hopefully help this club get promoted,” he said after the game.
“Making my debut was brilliant and a really good experience for me, just as the Swindon loan was.”
Murphy has linked up with fellow Canaries loanee Jamar Loza at Roots Hall, and he believes their mutual understanding from their time with the Club’s Under-21s will be of benefit to Phil Brown’s side.
“We’ve known each other for a long time and have played a lot of games together, so hopefully we can continue that here,” he added when speaking to southendunited.co.uk.
“Jamar had an amazing debut and made a big impression in his very first game. I watched that game and I was very impressed so when I got the call on Wednesday, I was more than happy to come on loan.
“I think our pace means we can get at defences and hopefully excite the Southend supporters. We both want to help get the club into the play-off positions, and hopefully promoted to League One.”
Loza played 83 minutes at the weekend after netting and earning the Man of the Match award on his home debut last Monday in their 3-0 victory over Oxford United.
Elsewhere, Andrew Surman entered the fray as a second-half substitute for Bournemouth as they romped to a 4-2 win against Birmingham City in their Championship meeting at St Andrew’s, and Declan Rudd was between the sticks for Preston North End for their 1-0 truimph over Crawley Town at Deepdale.
Adel Gafaiti was an unused substitute for League One Oldham Athletic in their 0-0 draw with Brentford at Boundary Park, while Cameron McGeehan played the full game for Skrill Conference Premier leaders Luton Town as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Halifax Town.