West Ham ace admits AVB sacking made it harder but delights in win
PUBLISHED: 14:28 19 December 2013 | UPDATED: 14:28 19 December 2013
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West Ham forward Matt Jarvis believes Andre Villas-Boas' departure from Tottenham made the Hammers' job harder but he was delighted to help his side to victory in the Capital One Cup.
The former Wolves man cancelled out Emmanuel Adebayor’s opener for Spurs, who had Tim Sherwood taking temporary charge, before Modibo Maiga struck at the death to give the east Londoners victory.
“[Villas-Boas’ sacking] definitely [made it harder],” he said. “You always know it’s a tough place to go anyway.
“When the manager has changed and everyone is trying to prove themselves to whoever is taking charge. It’s always a tough place to come.”
The pattern of the game followed the Hammers’ 3-0 league win as they had to survive early pressure before striking later on in the game.
Jarvis explained: “We stayed in the game first half, managed to defend extremely well and got more and more involved in the game and created chances in the second half.
“I think [it was similar to the league game]. First half, we needed to weather the storm.
“We dug in and defended extremely well. We started playing football ourselves and it paid off.”
Jarvis coolly slotted home after Matt Taylor’s through ball and he hopes it will provide a springboard for more goals.
“All that was going through my mind when I saw Matt Taylor laying it off was to get on the end of it and hit the target.
“I did that and I’m absolutely delighted that it went in, especially in front of the West Ham fans.
“That’s what it’s all about, scoring goals, and to do it in front of your own fans is a fantastic experience and let’s hope we can get a few more.”
Allardyce has also been under pressure in recent weeks but Jarvis revealed he was upbeat in the dressing room before the game.
“He was very positive,” the forward revealed. “We had to come here and use the experience we had in the league and make sure we were tight and defensively sound and hopefully they get a bit nervous as they did and we can capitalise on good passing and getting into their final third and creating chances.
He added: “I don’t think it [players backing Allardyce] has ever been in doubt.
“We work extremely hard and show great team spirit. We back the manager and it came out [against Spurs].”
The win was West Ham’s first since they beat Spurs at White Hart Lane in October and Jarvis is hopeful that it sparks an upturn in form.
“It was a hard fought victory and a massive confidence boost for ourselves,” he added.
“It doesn’t get any better for us coming away from home against a big rival and to get a win and play as well as we did.”
The Hammers will face Manchester City over two legs in the semi finals. In the league this season, City have averaged over four goals a game at home leading to many writing West Ham off.
Jarvis knows his side face a tough test but was not going to give up hope of reaching the final but attention now lies with the league season.
“It’s a massive challenge I’m sure,” he said. “I think people didn’t expect it today. We need to concentrate on the league for the time being.”