West Ham United wideman Matt Jarvis insists life on the wing is a joy with the likes of Andy Carroll busting a gut to get on the end of his crosses.

The 26-year-old winger was at his menacing best for much of Saturday afternoon, as the Hammers strode to a seventh league win at the Boleyn Ground.

While Carroll and co are no doubt grateful of the service, a typically modest Jarvis is just glad to see his unstinting work go to good use.


"You know you can always put a ball in, just stand it up, or whip it across and there's always going to be someone there that's dying to get on the end of it," he told West Ham TV.

"That's what I enjoy doing. Getting the ball, running at players, putting in crosses and hopefully getting a few shots in myself. I got a lot of the ball in the first half and maybe didn't get quite enough of it in the second, but overall I'm pleased with my performance."

Though Carroll stole the show with his memorable double, Jarvis was quick to pay tribute to fellow midfielder Gary O'Neil, whose eye-catching goal capped another classy display in the heart of midfield. That said, Jarvis was as impressed as anyone with Carroll's twin strike.

"Gary O'Neil has been fantastic the last few weeks," he added. "He puts in such a shift and doesn't get the praise he deserves.

"The first goal's typical Andy, that's him, getting in the box, getting his head on it. The second one was a great strike. Technically, it's probably up there with the hardest things in football and he nailed it."

Jarvis was in no doubt of the significance of Saturday's convincing win, one that he expects to give everyone a huge lift. Though Sunday's trip to Liverpool is, of course, a difficult one, for Jarvis, the squad's renewed confidence could prove all important.

"We've always played well at home this season. We came flying out of the blocks, got our lead and managed to hold onto it. It's a massive boost to get a win, especially in front of the crowd and hopefully that can move us on.

"You don't get any easy games and away to Liverpool will be extremely hard but we're full of confidence after Saturday. Let's not talk about [the club's record at Anfield], but if we can go there and get a result, it would be a fantastic achievement."

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