Jarvis comes in from the cold

PUBLISHED: 13:54 04 October 2007 | UPDATED: 10:36 14 September 2010

Rossi Jarvis is enjoying being cast as the man who came in from the cold - and is warming to the world of Championship football.

Until last week, the 19-year-old from Fakenham had not had even a brief appearance as substitute in the Norwich City first team since the arrival of Peter Grant as manager in October last year.

Rossi Jarvis is enjoying being cast as the man who came in from the cold - and is warming to the world of Championship football.

Until last week, the 19-year-old from Fakenham had not had even a brief appearance as substitute in the Norwich City first team since the arrival of Peter Grant as manager in October last year.

Jarvis' sudden elevation to the senior side for the Carling Cup tie at Manchester City nine days ago came more than a year after his last first team outing for the Canaries, in the same competition at Rotherham, a month before Grant took over from Nigel Worthington.

He performed so well against the Premier League high-flyers that he kept his place for the Sheffield Wednesday and Scunthorpe home games and, despite two disappointing results, relished the opportunity - and he hopes to make it four starts in a row when City visit Queen's Park Rangers for a crucial televised game on Monday night.

But England Under-19 international Jarvis, who had spells on loan at Torquay and Rotherham earlier this year, admitted he had begun to fear he would never get his chance after his year out of contention.

“Definitely. I'm always knocking on the manager's door, asking him about it and I'm thankful that he's given me the chance and I hope I can prove to him I can stay there,” said Jarvis.

“Hopefully I've done enough to prove to the gaffer I can hold my own in midfield and I hope I can go on and get more games.

“I've waited a long time for it and I hope I can keep my place from now on.”

Jarvis shares his team-mates' frustration at taking just one point from the two home games, but insisted they were not worried by the league table, even though City have slipped into the bottom three ahead of their trip to Loftus Road.

“I'm not worried at all,” he said. “We've got the players here to push on. Unfortunately, results haven't gone our way so far. But I'm sure we'll be able to turn it round and go from there. We've got players who can win games. It is as simple as that - if we keep clean sheets, we can go on and win. The league's so tight, it can change round in a couple of games.

“We've got players who can score. It's just chances we've got to create for them.”

City had more opportunities in the Scunthorpe game than in the previous three league games put together, but the only statistic that matters is goals scored, which stayed resolutely at nil.

“We're very frustrated. I thought we played pretty well and created a lot more chances than we did the other day,” said Jarvis, who had a couple of long-range shots at goal of his own.

“I just concentrated on keeping them on target this time. On Saturday I blazed them over,” he said.

Fellow teenager Chris Martin came much close to ending City's goal drought when his second-half sizzler struck the post, and Jarvis admitted he was surprised not to have seen more of his fellow England Under-19 cap.

“Especially the way he played last season, scoring five in six games or something like that. I thought he would have had more opportunities than he has,” said Jarvis, handed responsibility for City's dead-ball kicks - including 11 corners - on Tuesday night. He conceded some of them had been below par.

“The last few I had a bit of a stinker with, but it's the first time I've played Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday, three games in a week. My legs were getting tired towards the end. But I don't mind that job - I'm happy to be on them.”

While Jarvis attempts to carve out a regular first team place, 21-year-old brother Ryan is continuing his loan spell at Kilmarnock.

The City striker, labelled “Killie Man Jarvo” when he moved north of the border in August, has so far scored once in six outings.

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