West Ham United winger Matt Jarvis was in the thick of the action during the visit to London neighbours Chelsea on Sunday.

Although Hammers went down 2-0 on the day at Stamford Bridge, manager Sam Allardyce spoke in his post-match press interviews of the threat Jarvis posed in the game, as the No7 provided a succession of threatening crosses for his team-mates to attack.

The Hammers No7 himself echoed Big Sam's sentiments that the Hammers want to pick up as many points as possible between now and the end of the season, finishing as high up the Barclays Premier League table as possible.

We may have been defeated at Chelsea, but what do you take in positives from the game?

MJ: "It is always a tough place to go and get a result at Stamford Bridge. We created chances against them and that gives us confidence as a team, but paid the price unfortunately for not taking them. They then scored two goals out of the chances they had, which were enough to see them get the victory. You know they are a top, top side, but we were boosted by the fact we created a lot of chances, just unfortunately for us, we didn't put these away in the game."

Why is so difficult to get a foothold in games against teams like Chelsea?

MJ: "They have fantastic players and they keep the ball well, Once we got the ball they are pressing us, so it was harder to keep the ball. We managed to win at home against them earlier in the season and we did well at times on Sunday and created some really good opportunities and on another day, if they had gone in, it might have been a different story."

You were among the players creating chances in the match. Tell us how you felt about your own game against Chelsea?

MJ: "I was pleased to be able to try and get about creating opportunities for the team. Especially in the first half, I was able to put in a few crosses in to try and provide the chances for the boys in the box. We carried on trying to do that in second half and at times, maybe we were a bit unlucky they didn't come to anything for us. We just wanted one to have gone in the back of the net and  the game might have gone a bit in our favour, you never know."

We go into another break in domestic matches this week, this time due to the internationals being played. Is that frustrating or is it a good thing in terms of getting injured players back?

MJ: "It is a bit frustrating. We had a good win at Stoke away at the start of the month and then we had to wait two weeks before we played Chelsea on Sunday. Now we go from this match to another fortnight before the next game, which is against West Brom at home the end of the month, so it can be hard to get momentum. But, it is a time when players who are injured can use that space to work on their fitness knowing they haven't missed a match."

How do you as a player deal with those breaks in the match routine?
MJ:
"You just get on with it. We must make sure we continue to work hard in training over the next two weeks again and look towards getting a positive result at home in our next game. You just focus on what is next and although you want to get back out there, after winning or losing, whether it is to keep a run going or put things right after a loss, you just focus on keeping fit and well and looking towards the next game, whenever that may be."

What are your thoughts on the upcoming games? There are some tough fixtures still but the team is confident in being able to get the results needed?
MJ:
"They are all difficult games in this league. At this time of the season you are facing sides fighting for different things before the end of the season, titles or trying to escape relegation. For ourselves, and that is all we are concentrating on, we want some more points on board to help us reach a position as high as possible. In the next game, we would be looking to try and get three points that will get us nearer to that target."

The manager has been asked several times about how many points are needed to be absolutely safe. What's your view on what is needed?
MJ:
"It is about taking one game at a time. We look at the next match coming up, try to get three points in that and then build on that result in the match that follows. Obviously the Gaffer knows what we have to do and what he thinks will be the targets we need to go for and we will go out to put the performances in which will hopefully be rewarded with good results."

 

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