West Ham winger staying positive despite another loss at Liverpool
PUBLISHED: 08:50 10 December 2013 | UPDATED: 10:39 10 December 2013
Hammers wide man Matt Jarvis puts in the crosses, but no one can put them away
West Ham winger Matt Jarvis must be dreaming of striker Andy Carroll returning to the team. That way, someone may get some benefit out of his some of his crosses into the penalty area.
Three times in the first half at Anfield, the former Wolves man got past his marker and delivered an inviting cross only for all three opportunities to be wasted.
Modibo Maiga did go close with one chance as his header was superbly saved by Simon Mignolet, but on the two other occasions, the ball went flashing across the goal and the front man did not take a gamble to get on the end of them.
For Jarvis, it was one of his best displays of the season and he was staying positive.
“We played well in the first half, created a few chances ourselves and managed to stop them scoring until just before half time and that was a cruel blow for us,” said the 27-year-old former England international.
So what about that Maiga header?
“He did really well,” insisted Jarvis. “It was a great header, but the keeper pulled off a great save. If that had gone in and put us 1-0 up early in the game, we really would have had something to hold on to.”
It was not to be of course, but it was Jarvis who hauled the Hammers back into the game in the second half when his header back across goal was turned into his own net by Martin Skrtel.
“I just wanted to make sure that I was in the right area and if I can’t head it at goal, try to head it back across goal and luckily it came off someone and went in,” he said.
“At 2-1 we had a couple of chances and that is where we needed to be clinical and score, otherwise, as we saw, you can get punished and they have got the players that can do that.”
They certainly do and with a little luck on their side, Liverpool steamrollered their way to a 4-1 win.
It leaves West Ham above the relegation zone only on goal difference, but Jarvis is determined to help turn things round, starting against Sunderland at Upton Park this weekend.
“Saturday is a vital game and we need to keep working extremely hard, be positive and make sure we get that result,” he said.
“The pressure is always on the team, but we need to stand up and be counted. We don’t need to worry about what Sunderland are doing, we need to get back to winning ways and climb up the table.”