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Sunday 4 December 2016

Norwich's Alex O'Neil hails impact of Matt Jarvis

Matt Jarvis
Matt Jarvis

Gary O'Neil has praised Matt Jarvis for transforming Norwich in just three fixtures since his arrival.

Winger Jarvis joined on loan from West Ham towards the conclusion of the summer transfer window and, in a 3-1 debut victory over Bournemouth and Wednesday's 3-0 defeat of West Brom, has already scored twice for his new team.

"He's done great," said O'Neil, who also played in the same midfield as Jarvis at West Ham, as both players prepare to face their former club tomorrow."It's good to have someone like that in your team because you can just give it to him and let him do it on his own for a little while. Whereas maybe before when we played all of our midfielders we were always having to pass it, we all wanted to pass it, we didn't really have people that would drive.

"He gives you a bit of a break when you can get it to him and get him to run 40 yards up the pitch.

"His crossing's always been fantastic. He hasn't been renowned for getting loads of goals, but when you're the type of winger he is he's generally out wide, so he's not going to be in position to score that often. He even scored with his left foot (against West Brom): make a note of that because I don't think that'll happen too often..."

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