Matt Jarvis expects West Ham United's victory over Swansea City to provide the perfect springboard for a renewed charge towards a top-half Barclays Premier League finish.

Saturday's timely 1-0 success, a first win in seven in all competitions, saw the Hammers move on to 30 points, with some 13 league contests still to be negotiated.

Sam Allardyce's side have now amassed six league wins at the Boleyn Ground this term and Jarvis reckons their home performances have warranted even greater rewards.


"We've been playing well at home and creating all the chances, but maybe not getting the results we wanted or deserved," he explained. "Getting the 1-0 win on Saturday is a massive boost to us. It takes us to 30 points and we can push on from there.

"We just have to keep doing exactly what we have been, creating the chances and hope that one goes in. This time Andy [Carroll] got a great header and it proved to be the 1-0 win we needed. It's a good three points to move on to next week, which will be a tough game away at Villa. But we're looking to go there full of confidence and get another result."

As well as three precious points, West Ham's club-record signing was just as pleased with a first clean sheet since a goalless draw at West Bromwich Albion in December. The shutout was all the more satisfying against the in-form Swans and Jarvis pointed to his team's endeavour in protecting Jussi Jaaskelainen's goal.

"Swansea are a great passing team and you've seen the results recently, that's why they're up there in the league," he added. "We had to really play well and defend well as a team to stop them getting the chances and I don't think they really created too much.

As for match-winner Carroll, Jarvis welcomed the return of the 6'3'' striker, insisting his enthusiasm on the pitch is something to behold.

"He's a great player, he wants to go and contest every ball, every cross, every goal-kick, every corner, everything! It's great to have him back in the team."

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