Barclays Premier League crossing king Matt Jarvis wants to play a leading role as West Ham United seek to secure a top-ten finish.

Jarvis has delivered and completed more crosses from open play than any other top-flight player this season and the No7 continued his good work in Sunday's goalless draw at Liverpool.

There, the winger came close to chalking up another assist when both Carlton Cole and Kevin Nolan flashed headers wide of the target, and Jarvis said he will keep firing the ball into the penalty area as the 2012/13 season approaches its conclusion.


"I think in the first half at Liverpool it was hard for us to keep the ball and get up the pitch, but in the second half we worked extremely hard and got in behind them a few times and created quite a few chances," said Jarvis. "We had one cleared off the line at the end or it could have been 1-0 to us.

"They are a fantastic passing side so you have to try to stop them doing that and getting in behind. We did that. Obviously they are going to create chances and they did that but we did really well to stop them playing and got our passing going in the second half and created some great chances.

"I'm enjoying it. It's very tough, especially at places like Liverpool, where you have to track the runners all the time. We managed to get some joy in the second half and create some opportunities. Liverpool is a very tough place to go so to get a point was a very good result for us.

"I think we have to take our home form with us and we've been doing that recently. You have to get the results to go with your performances and hopefully we can kick on now."

As well as his crossing, Jarvis is also aiming to get his name on the scoresheet again during the final seven games of the season. The wideman has netted just once in 28 appearances so far this term - in the 2-1 win at Queens Park Rangers in September - and is determined to add to his tally.

"I just need a few more goals and a few more assists to go with them! I'm putting the crosses in and I won't stop doing that so hopefully we can get a few more goals from them and hopefully I can chip in myself."

Looking forward to Saturday's trip to Southampton, Jarvis believes West Ham will travel to St Mary's full of confidence after scoring a home victory over West Bromwich Albion and a goalless draw at Liverpool in their previous two Barclays Premier League fixtures.

"We are definitely looking up now. It's one of those situations where you take it from game to game and obviously we got a good result on Sunday and hopefully we can push on next week."

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