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Striker Ryan Jarvis happy to be York City's man on the spot
RYAN Jarvis is happy to assume penalty-taking duties for York City after netting his third goal of the season from the spot at Bristol Rovers.
The 27-year-old forward, pictured, netted from 12 yards at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday to claim his second goal of the game and draw the ten-man visitors level at 2-2.
Pirates midfielder John-Joe O’Toole went on to grab the match-winning goal four minutes later but Jarvis, who has scored a penalty for former club Walsall in the past but also failed to convert others for the Saddlers, Torquay and Leyton Orient, would not shirk the responsibility if the opportunity arose again.
Jason Walker, released by City boss Nigel Worthington in the summer, was the club’s designated penalty taker during the last two seasons, although Richard Cresswell assumed that role in a league match at Torquay back in March during his loan spell from Sheffield United.
The 35-year-old forward was successful on that occasion but, having completed a permanent move to Bootham Crescent in the summer, was on the bench when City’s latest spot kick was awarded at the weekend.
On being a possible candidate for future penalties, however, Jarvis said: “I know Crezzie likes taking penalties so we will have to see next time. I’ve scored and missed them in the past but I wanted that one on Saturday and nobody else really did.
“I was happy to take the responsibility with Crezzie off the pitch so we will have to see what happens when we get the next one now.”
Following an injury to Wes Fletcher and Ryan Bowman’s red card in Bristol, Jarvis also found himself employed in the lone central striking role that Cresswell had filled during the previous match at home to Hartlepool.
Having previously played on the right wing or part of an orthodox front two for City, he is now ready to continue playing in that position if required, saying: “We have got four strikers and any one of us can do that job.
“Wes came in on Saturday and was looking strong and sharp, then Bows came on and was sent off, but I don’t mind playing up top on my own. In fact, anywhere across the front line is fine with me.
“I really enjoyed playing up there on Saturday but was just disappointed we did not come away with anything.”
City’s next test this weekend will see them travel to Exeter City – the local rivals of Jarvis’ previous employers Torquay. But he does not believe he will be afforded a hostile reception, reasoning: “I only had one year at Torquay so it’s not like Exeter fans have known me as one of their rivals over a number of years.
“I’m looking forward to the match but it’s just another game. I don’t think I will get any grief from their fans because we weren’t really in competition with them last season.
“We were down at the bottom and they were near the top.”
Jarvis will be looking to add to his season’s goal tally in Devon on Saturday but admitted his brace in Bristol was tarnished by a defeat he considered ill-deserved, adding: “I was pleased with my two goals but the main thing is to get three points.
“I thought we were a bit unlucky going down to ten men but, when we got back to 2-2, I felt we could dig in, stay tight and take a point so it was disappointing to concede so quickly after our second goal. I thought it was our best performance of the season, though, when we were down to ten men.
“Maybe a bit of the pressure was off us but we have got to play like that from the first minute from now on to start picking up points.”
While the former Norwich and Kilmarnock attacker remains the only player to make the scoresheet for the Minstermen this term, Jarvis also reckons that the rest of his team-mates will soon profit if the chances continue to be created in the same manner that they were at Bristol.
He said: “We have not been scoring as a team – let alone as strikers – but we were back creating chances on Saturday and I felt we were more dangerous. The ball stayed in the opposition’s box longer than it has been doing and we looked a threat.
“You have got to be in the right place at the right time as a striker and, if you keep getting in the box, the ball will fall for you sooner or later.”
Jarvis, meanwhile, had words of consolation for red-carded Bowman who now faces a three-match ban despite looking very promising before his brief cameo in Bristol was curtailed prematurely.
“For the first goal, he did really well to keep the ball up, cut inside and get a great shot away,” Jarvis said. “The ball then fell to me so my fortune came from his good work.
“He looked lively so it was really disappointing for him to get sent off so soon after coming on. I think the referee made a big mistake with that decision but it’s gone now and we can’t dwell on it.”
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