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Poortvliet: Pleased with Robertson

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Jan Poortvliet was full of praise for new signing Jordan Robertson after he helped Southampton overcome Norwich.

Sheffield United loanee Robertson made his debut against The Canaries following his surprise switch and got his name on the score sheet.

Poortvliet believes Robertson's contribution in the 2-0 win gave everyone a lift at St Mary's following their poor start to the campaign.

"He is strong and a good passer of the ball and a motivated young man," said Poortvliet.

Impressed

"I first saw this guy two years ago at Brentford and I was impressed by him.

"His goal gave us a lift and some confidence, and this is what we have been lacking at times this season.

"We are unbeaten in four matches in the league now and we have gained eight points along the way - so I have to be pleased."

Norwich boss Glenn Roeder was less than impressed with referee Richard Beeby's contribution after he sent off defender Dejan Stefanovic.

Spoil it

"The referee did his best to spoil it. Yet again we have seen a poor decision," bemoaned Roeder.

"Referees have got to get major decisions right. They are killing the game - and why he was sent off even he does not know.

"It had been a competitive and fair game. But it was a massive turning point - because we should have been in front by then, not 1-0 down.

"I am sure when he sees the penalty again he will be disappointed. We will wait to see the report from him when it comes.

"At two goals down and with only 10 men on the pitch, there is no way back - even though it was a much better performance from the team than at Barnsley at the weekend.

"We created chances - and I am not talking about half-chances - and we should have put some of them away."