West Ham’s Jarvis cock-a-hoop after super-sub cameo

14:23 24 September 2012

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Hammers record signing Matt Jarvis showed what he is capable of with an excellent performance as a sub in the 1-1 draw with Sunderland on Saturday

There were many experts whose eyebrows were raised significantly when it was discovered that West Ham United had played a club record fee for Wolves winger Matt Jarvis just before the transfer window.

With Matt Taylor delivering the most assists for the Hammers in their Championship promotion campaign last season, was there any real need to splash that sort of cash on a left winger when West Ham already had one?

Diminished

Those doubters would certainly have diminished on Saturday after Jarvis came off the bench to put on a superb cameo display which culminated in him playing a vital part in the Hammers’ dramatic last-gasp equaliser.

“I was delighted that we got a goal at the end to come off the pitch with a point and I was pleased to get on to the pitch in front of the home fans and do well,” said the 26-year-old winger.

With seconds left to go in the match the ball was pumped into the penalty area and nodded on by fellow substitute Modibo Maiga towards Jarvis. The ball seemed to be going out of play, but somehow the winger hooked it back into the middle where Maiga headed on for Kevin Nolan to hook the ball into the net.

“We had to keep pushing, keep getting the ball into the box, creating chances and it showed at the end when we finally got the result,” said Jarvis, a man of few words who does his talking on the pitch.

When he came on against Norwich City, he almost turned the game West Ham’s way with some driving runs and one thumping shot which flew inches over the bar, this time it was his running and crossing that made the difference.

“The manager told me to get the ball, get crosses in and create chances for the team,” revealed Jarvis. “It did look like it might be one of those days, but you have just got to keep going, keep putting the crosses in and keep creating the chances, believing that one would go our way and eventually one of them did.”

The arrival of Jarvis, along with Yossi Benayoun and Andy Carroll certainly shows the ambitions of West Ham under Sam Allardyce and the fact that both Jarvis and Benayoun have had to wait for their chances illustrates the strength in depth of this squad.

“It is a great squad, there is plenty of competition for places and you have got to play well to earn your position,” said the former Wolves man, who unfortunately hasn’t been on the winning side in the three games he has played in claret and blue so far.

“Obviously I picked up a slight injury, but I am fully fit again and just want to get back playing. It was a slight thigh injury, but enough to miss a game, but, as I said, I am back fit again.”

Taylor has replaced him for the last two games, but the winger is certainly knocking on the door to start at QPR next week.

“I want to start, but it is not up to me,” he admitted. “I just want to keep playing well when I get the chance and work hard.”

When you look at the amount of crosses that Jarvis delivered in just 33 minutes on Saturday and then think about Carroll’s return from injury to get on the end of them, it makes you wonder just how high this team can go.

“If we keep playing as well as we can do and everybody sticks together then there is no stopping us,” insisted Jarvis.

“The top half is a possibility yes, but first and foremost we need to make sure we stay in the division and then work our way up from there.”

If Jarvis plays as he did on Saturday, then West Ham should have few worries about that.

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