West Ham star: We can give Chelsea the Blues like last year
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Hammers winger Matt Jarvis is hoping to play his part against Chelsea at Upton Park on Saturday night
West Ham winger Matt Jarvis believes that the team can repeat last season’s remarkable victory over Chelsea when Jose Mournho brings his team to Upton Park on Saturday night.
The Hammers came from behind to win 3-1 last December and Jarvis remembers the game with great fondness.
“I think it was the highlight of last season really,” said the 27-year-old.
“It was a fantastic win and it was just a really good time for us and it was fantastic for the fans.
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“We came out second half and played some fantastic football and dominated to score three goals. Mo came off the bench and was superb, but I think the whole team played well that day.”
Victories against Chelsea are few and far between, but Jarvis managed it with West Ham last season and during his time at Wolves, so what is the secret?
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“You have got to be on song and playing your best football,” explained the wing man.
“You have to make sure that in every position, you are beating your opponent and hoping that they are not having as good a day as normal.”
Jarvis himself has been struggling a little with his own form and has found himself on the fringes of the starting XI, but he hopes that two recent friendlies have catapulted him back into the manager’s thoughts for this Saturday’s clash at Upton Park.
“It has been tough for me,” he admitted. “I have been hoping to pick up more goals myself when we have not been playing with a main striker, but we haven’t been able to convert the chances that we have made.
“I have been in and out of the team, but you have to be confident in yourself.
“I have had a good international break, played two friendly games and I feel good.
“It is not the same as the Premier League of course, but it is good to get two run-outs, improve the fitness and sharpness and be ready if called upon.”
It is not that long ago that Jarvis was playing international football, so does he still harbour thoughts of next summer’s World Cup in Brazil?
“You never say never,” said the former Wolves man, who last played for England back in 2011 against Ghana.
“You have to dream, you have to set your sights high. I just want to make sure that I am playing well for West Ham, playing week-in, week-out and if I can do that, then who knows.”
Andy Carroll’s return may hold the key to that return to form for Jarvis, but in the meantime he is preparing for the Chelsea game and a possible upset.
“I think there is always a chance – we did it last year,” he said.
“The league has shown already that everyone is beating everyone else.
“No-one has been dominant at the moment, so hopefully we can show the qualities we did last year and get a good result.
“We are at home, we have our fans behind us, we need a good result and so hopefully we can get one.”
Meanwhile, defender Winston Reid has undergone a successful operation on his injured ankle.