Jarvis keen to build momentum

Matt Jarvis says the international break won't affect the Hammers as they head to Sunderland

Matt Jarvis and his West Ham United teammates are desperate to build on victory over Sunderland when they take on Leicester City on Saturday.

The Hammers ended an eight-game wait for victory with that success against the Black Cats and, with a trip to bottom-of-the-table Leicester next on the agenda, three points is the aim once again.

Jarvis has had to be patient this season with appearances limited, but having started the last two fixtures, is keen to help out again.

He said: “It was a massive win against Sunderland. We needed to get some points on the board, particularly at home with the fans behind us and hopefully it’s the start of a good run.

"The aim is to get back to the sort of form we were showing at the start of the season. Other than Man City, everyone else we’re playing is below us, but that will be tough too because those teams will be fighting.

"It will be a tough end to the season but one that we’ll be looking to pick up a lot of points from to push us right up the league again.

“The manager was disappointed with results up to the Sunderland game, not picking up as many points as we should have done, but it was about staying positive, keep trying to do the basics. We did that against Sunderland and picked up the three points, now we need to carry that on.

“Leicester will be looking to have a fast start and get the crowd up. They need to go for it so we know it will be an extremely tough game.

“They work hard as a team and create a lot of opportunities. They’ve shown their quality in parts of games but you get punished in the Premier League and that’s what’s happened to them.”

Jarvis is happy to have been given his chance in the starting XI, but knows how intense competition for places is at the Boleyn Ground.

He added: “We’ve got a fantastic squad and we have been playing well this season so it’s nice to get back in and play the last two games. Hopefully it continues.

“The thing about having a great squad is that it gives the manager a headache and it pushes everyone else. That’s why I’m sure we’re doing well this season.”