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25 March 2014

Under-21s coach on Southend's star loanee

MARK Robson wasn’t surprised to see Jamar Loza make the headlines on his home debut for Southend United.

Loza capped a man-of-the-match performance with a goal in the Shrimpers’ 3-0 victory over Oxford United on Monday night, only days after joining on loan from the Canaries.

The striker has been in good form for Robson’s Under-21s side this season, scoring eight times.

“From everybody involved, and certainly from the Academy in the last few years, we’re really proud of Jamar,” said Robson when talking exclusively to

“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 with the League Two club will help his young forward progress after already impressing at Under-21 level.

“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.”

In Loza’s absence, the Canaries’ Under-21s earned a credible 1-1 draw against Southampton on Monday afternoon – but Robson felt they could have got more from the game.

“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,” he said.

“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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