Don’t give up yet, urges ex-City man Matt Jarvis
PUBLISHED: 06:00 17 January 2020
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Norwich City must learn how to “shut up shop” in games in their bid for Premier League survival, according to former winger Matt Jarvis.
The 33-year-old was part of Alex Neil's squad who failed to beat the drop back in 2016 and is urging City's experienced heads to nurse the club's youngsters through difficult periods in games.
The England international has been training with Swindon Town as he continues his search for a new club, but knows what is required to stay in the top-flight.
"The ones who have been through similar things need to use their experience to know when to shut up shop in games," said Jarvis, who left the club last summer upon the expiry of his contract with injuries plaguing his time at Carrow Road.
"They have to ensure the simple things are done well and managing situations within games because they come thick and fast and increase in importance.
"It's all about giving yourself a chance to make it possible to stay up.
"I think you can keep looking at it and telling yourself it will be the next game where it turns but you run out of games eventually. In the Premier League, it's incredibly difficult to get a result in any game."
Jarvis has spent the majority of his career in the Premier League with Wolves, West Ham and City, but also understands how difficult it is to acclimatise to life in the top-flight following promotion.
"The biggest thing for the team that played the majority of last season is experience and knowing what to do in certain situations," Jarvis explained.
"I would say that the difference between the Premier League and the Championship is that in the Championship, you get less time on the ball but it's slightly easier to do something with it.
"In the Premier League, you have more time on the ball but it's harder to do something with it.
"The league they're in is deadly and one chance is usually the difference."
City face a crunch encounter against free-falling Bournemouth at Carrow Road this weekend, a match that Jarvis has fond memories in after scoring on his City debut in 2015.
Jarvis on the day he helped put Bournemouth to the sword - see inside