Matt Jarvis admits debut strike for Norwich City relieved plenty of frustration
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The huge sense of relief felt by Matt Jarvis after scoring on his Norwich City debut was clear for all to see at Carrow Road, kick-starting the fresh start the winger had craved.
Jarvis fell out of favour at West Ham and joined City on a season-long loan on transfer deadline day but had to wait almost two weeks to start his Canaries career properly due to the international break.
He then grasped his opportunity with both hands by curling a glorious shot into the top corner of the net at the Barclay end in Saturday's 3-1 win over Bournemouth.
Jonny Howson had stolen possession in central midfield in the 67th minute before finding his new team-mate inside the Bournemouth box.
Jarvis then did the rest, cutting onto his left foot and curling his shot beyond Artur Boruc into the top-left corner, before launching into passionate celebrations.
'There was a bit of frustration, emotion, delight – everything went into that celebration,' Jarvis said of his delirious reaction. 'I was just really pleased to get on the score-sheet and help the team.'
The strike had put Alex Neil's side 3-0 up and allowed Jarvis to end a personal drought stretching back to April 2014.
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'I think there was a little bit of frustration coming out and absolutely delighted with scoring on my debut,' he continued.
'It's one of those (shots) where you have to just go with what you think, that's what I did and I was delighted to see it go in.'
The one-cap England international had seen his time with the Hammers turn sour and is thankful for the chance handed to him by Canaries boss Neil.
'He's very honest, he tells you exactly what he wants from you,' Jarvis said of his new manager.
'As a player that's what you need so that you know exactly what you have to do.
'Training has been fantastic, really high tempo, just what I needed, just what I wanted, and hopefully we can see the benefits.
He added: 'It was fantastic. First home win of the season, getting a goal, you can't ask for much more than that.'
The former Wolves wideman made just 13 appearances for West Ham last season, with only five coming from the start in a frustrating campaign.
Slaven Bilic replaced Sam Allardyce in the Upton Park hot seat over the summer and started Jarvis in all four of the club's opening Europa League qualifying games this summer.
He was then used as a substitute in the first leg of the final qualifying round, a 2-2 home draw with Romanian minnows Astra Giurgiu, before being left out completely of a humbling 2-1 away loss.
The former Croatia boss did bring Jarvis on as a substitute in three Premier League matches at the beginning of the season – before allowing the former Gillingham ace to join City.
'It's a fantastic opportunity for me to come here and play – and I'm loving every minute of it,' Jarvis continued.
'Last season was frustrating for me so I need to go out there and show what I can do.'