Jarvis: I should have cheated

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 16th April 2014

Matt Jarvis admits that he may have to resort to cheating in future after his honesty cost him the chance of winning a penalty at the Emirates last night.

Jarvis was clearly fouled during the first half inside the penalty area but opted to stay on his feet instead of going to ground - and was rewarded for his honesty by referee Kevin Friend waving play on instead of penalising Arsenal's Bacary Sagna for the obvious infringement.

As a result, the West Ham winger belives that he may have to adopt some of the less savoury tactics that have blighted the domestic game in recent years - as many other teams, notably the likes of Liverpool who had been awarded 12 penalties already this season - already have to their considerable advantage.

"We had quite a few chances even before we scored and the manager was disappointed as I could have had a penalty too," he told whufc.com.

"I don't know if it was a foul. I don't know if I had gone down whether it would have been a penalty or if I had whether I'd have been booked. Maybe I should learn from that and be a bit more clever."

Jarvis was however rewarded with his fourth goal of the campaign - a header from close range which gave West Ham the lead in last night's game. "I was delighted to get on the end of it and score a headed goal, which is always nice," he added.

"To score at the Emirates and put us 1-0 up and get in a great position after a positive first half was good. I think we played really well in the first half and got in their faces and made them make mistakes."

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